International Women’s Day: Why do we celebrate it?

 8th March marks the International Women’s Day which is probably the biggest non-religious event celebrated worldwide. In times such as these when discrimination against women is growing at a rate faster as compared to the changing outlook towards them, the importance of events such as these grows manifold. Women of many nations around the world have organized large-scale gatherings and marches to celebrate the achievements of the feminine population and protest against the injustice that they still have to face in the so-called ‘Modern Times’. One such march was held in London on March 5 which saw the participation of noted celebrities and politicians.

 

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Care International’s March for Women led by Mayor Sadiq Khan of London saw multitudes of both men and women marching across the Tower Bridge in an attempt to not only celebrate the International Women’s Day but highlight the plight of refugees and condemn President of the United States, Donald Trump. The participation of singers Annie Lennox, Melanie C, Emeli Sande, Kate Nash, and Natasha Bedingfield made the march even more significant as the star power helped garner international attention to the issues they brought to light. With the focus being primarily on the derogatory comments and backward policies of President Trump, Annie Lennox rightly pointed out that he had been helping a lot in garnering supports for the feminine movement.

 

The March for Women in London isn’t the only event being held for the International Women’s Day. To find out the events near you, visit

www.internationalwomensday.com/Events

 

 

Origin of the International Women’s Day

 

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Women’s Rights weren’t always a priority in earlier times. In fact, if we look at the history of all the nations where protests were carried out by citizens to demand equal rights, women rights protests began only when everyone else had been satisfied. Although women had already started campaigning for equal rights in many countries at different times, the first official National Women’s Day was celebrated on 28th February 1909 in New York City where housewives and working women gathered to demand better pay, shorter working hours, and voting rights. However, it was on March 19, 1911, when ‘Women’s Day’ caught on in Europe that the first International Women’s Day was held. As Women’s Day became a widely celebrated and significant holiday in many countries, including China, Spain, and Russia, the United Nations General Assembly in 1975 declared 8th March as International Women’s Day.

 

 

The Importance of International Women’s Day today

 

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For something that finds its roots in the early years of the 20th century, we still haven’t been able to achieve the ultimate goal of the pioneers of Woman’s Day, which was to ensure equality for women. Every woman around the globe faces bias in one way or the other with no regard to which the country or society she is a part of.

 

Although campaigns for issues as important as those of the feminist movement need to be organized throughout the year, it is essential that there exists a day where we commemorate all that these campaigns stand for. A day where women from across the globe stand united and give hope of a better future to those unfortunate women who face adversities purely because of their gender should be declared a holiday in all nations. The problems of gender inequality are not only faced by women of the third world countries but those in the developed nations as well.

 

It sure would be a dream come true to see a time when the International Women’s Day signifies a historical struggle which ended with a worldwide success in achieving equality, however, for that day to come it is essential to come together each year on 8th March to make the world recognize the inequalities we are subjected to and glorify those who fought to overcome them.

 

 

Celebrate to bring Change

 

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The significance of this day cannot be avoided. Celebrating International Women’s Day is especially essential for parents and schools as they guide the torch bearers of the future. It is equally significant to be a part of the protests and other forms of campaigning to bring the will of the masses to the notice of the lawmakers of a nation. A lot can be achieved via collective struggle and perseverance, the proof of which can be found in the historical texts of all humanity.

 

 

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BeBoldForChange which is a very apt message for all those who dream of change but lack the courage and conviction to act in order to achieve it. Let’s make a move this 8th of March and contribute towards a better future for us and the women who will follow.

 

 


  

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Inspired by the Harry Potter movies, Anmol started writing short stories at the age of 7 (which were as good as they could be). Now 19, and pursuing a Bachelors in Business Administration, she has started writing blogs mostly on pop culture and issues that affect the masses. A feminist to the core, she hopes to work for the United Nations some day on their Women Empowerment projects.
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