Women’s History Month is observed every march, a month-long celebration of women’s contributions to historical and contemporary events. On March 8th, International Women’s Day is celebrated. It celebrates the achievement of women in the political, socioeconomic, and cultural fields. Women’s Day also serves as a call to action for a gender-equal world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, as well as one that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, with differences valued and celebrated.
Date of International Women’s Day 2023: When do we celebrate Women’s Day?
Every year, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8. It will be celebrated on Wednesday this year and the Hindu festival of Holi falls on the same day.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2023:
The subject for International Women’s Day in 2023 is Embrace Equality or #EmbraceEquity. According to the website for International Women’s Day, “Equity is a must-have, not a nice-to-have. Gender fairness must be rooted in every society’s culture. It is also crucial to understand the distinction between equity and equality. The goal of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign topic is to get people talking about ‘Why equal opportunities aren’t enough’.”
According to the IWD website, “Equality means that each or entire community is given the same resources or opportunities,” whereas “Equity recognizes that each person has varied circumstances and gives the exact resources and opportunities needed to achieve an equal outcome.”
History and Importance of International Women’s Day:
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Women’s Day arose from the actions of labor organizations across North America and Europe. All of this starts in the twentieth century. According to UNESCO, “The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28, 1909. It was observed in remembrance of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York, during which women protested against poor working conditions. On the last Sunday of February 1917, women in Russia chose to protest and strike under the slogan “Bread and Peace” (which fell on March 8 on the Gregorian calendar). Their campaign eventually resulted in the establishment of women’s suffrage in Russia.”
The United Nations charter became the first international accord that proclaims the ideal of equality between men and women in 1945. But it wasn’t until March 8, 1975, during International Women’s Year, that the UN celebrated its first official International Women’s Day.
Later that month, in December 1977, the General Assembly passed a resolution declaring a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. It is to be observed by Member States on any day of the year by their historical and national traditions. Finally, after being adopted by the United Nations in 1977, International Women’s Day became an official UN holiday on March 8. It is celebrated to promote women’s rights and world peace.
Celebrations for International Women’s Day 2023:
People observe International Women’s Day 2023 by trying to make the women in their lives feel special through heartfelt gestures. You can make handmade gifts for them, take them to their favorite restaurant for dinner, teach yourself about women’s rights and the equality of women, give them books written by female authors, watch their favorite shows, and more. Finally, every day should be Women’s Day, and no special occasion is required to make the women in one’s life feel special.
Panchayiti wishes a Happy and Inspiring Women’s Day to everyone out there.