International Women’s Day is an annual celebration that aims to educate society on the remarkable women’s rights movement. It is crucial to educate society about the need for change, as evidenced by the fact that women still only occupy 10% of the top executive positions. In recognition of issues such as reproductive rights, gender equality, and abuse against women, it has become a key date in the equality calendar. International Women’s Day takes place annually on the 8th of March. IWD encourages corporate executives everywhere to acknowledge the value of gender equality in the workplace.

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of women’s political, social, and economic accomplishments. It’s an opportunity to take stock of the steps taken in the direction of gender equality and to urge more action to tackle the issues still facing the movement. Women from diverse backgrounds are being recognized for their resilience, innovation, and leadership in various fields. On this International Women’s Day, let us come together to work toward a society with greater equity and justice in which every woman has the chance to reach her full potential.

At Universe Public School, we will bring the spirit of strength and equality to life as we joyfully celebrate International Women’s Day. This unique occasion gives us a chance to appreciate and recognize the priceless contributions made by women both inside and outside of our school community. The day’s events will be filled with inspiring activities including presentations, discussions, and special performances that highlight the achievements of women in various fields. Together staff members, teachers, and students will foster, and atmosphere of respect and admiration for the women who have played crucial roles in forming our society. Universe Public School recognizes International Women’s Day to highlight the value of gender equality as well as the ongoing assistance and empowerment of women in all spheres of life.

The Theme for International Women’s Day 2024

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women Accelerate Progress’. The priority theme of the 68th Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations, “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective,” serves as the foundation for this theme.

History of International Women’s Day 

Over a century ago, International Women’s Day (IWD) began as a single-day protest and has since grown into a global movement advocating for gender equality. Here’s a glimpse into its journey:

The Early Years 

  • 1908: The Socialist Party of America planned the inaugural National Women’s Day, which took place in New York City on February 28. On this day in history, women demonstrated against low wages and unjust working conditions during the 1908 textile workers’ strike. 
  • 1910: The idea of creating an International Women’s Day is put forth by German socialist and women’s rights advocate Clara Zetkin during the International Socialist Woman’s Conference in Copenhagen.  
  • 1911: The first International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 19th in Denmark, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is marked with marches, demonstrations, and rallies calling for equal rights, better working conditions, and the right for women to vote.

Growth and Recognition 

  • 1913: March 8th is the official day of International Women’s Day. This falls on the anniversary of the New York City garment workers strike in 1857. 
  • 1914-1918: World War I interrupted the celebration of IWD in many countries. It also opens the door for more women to enter the workforce, which helps advance the cause of women’s suffrage. 
  • 1945: The concept of gender equality was established with the signing of the United Nations Charter. The UN’s efforts on gender equality and women’s empowerment center on IWD. 
  • 1975: The UN officially recognizes IWD and begins celebrating it annually.

Modern Era 

  • 1977: A resolution designating a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace is adopted by the UN General Assembly. This day is celebrated on any day of the year chosen by member states. 
  • 1995: At the Fourth World Conference on Women, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action were approved. This historic agreement establishes a global framework for achieving gender equality. 
  • 2000: The UN Security Council adopts resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and security. This resolution urges on women and girls to be more actively involved in peacebuilding initiatives, acknowledging the unique effects of armed conflict on them. 
  • 2015: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are adopted by the UN General Assembly. Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls is expressly called for in SDG 5.

Significance of International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day held annually on Marche 8th, holds immense global significance. It serves as a crucial day to:

1. Recognize Achievements

  • Acknowledge and celebrate the economic, social, cultural, and political achievements of women throughout history. This involves acknowledging the frequently underappreciated achievements made by women in a variety of disciplines, such as politics, the arts, and science and technology. 
  • Highlight the progress made towards gender equality. IWD serves as a reminder of the advancements made in areas such as economic opportunities, education, and women’s suffrage.

2. Advocate for Change 

  • IWD acts as a prompt to reflect on the progress made in areas such as women’s economic opportunity, education, and suffrage. This includes challenges like lack of access to healthcare, education, and equal pay. 
  • To empower all women and girls and hasten the path to gender equality, action must be taken. IWD encourages governments, individuals, and organizations to commit to implementing policies and initiatives that promote gender equality.

3. Inspire the Future 

  • Encourage women and girls to realize their greatest potential by holding a day of inspiration. IWD gives women a platform to share their tales, encounters, and achievements, inspiring others to follow their passions.
  • Promote the importance of educating and empowering young women and girls. IWD emphasizes how important education and skill-building are to empowering women to fully engage in society and support long-term economic prosperity.

How Did International Women’s Day Begin?

The original International Women’s Day was observed in 1910, more than a century ago, to achieve global equality for all people—a goal for which we continue to struggle today. The Women’s Social and Political Union, or Suffragettes, were the group of women that spearheaded the movement. They were a strong and active group of women who wore the colors green, purple, and white, which are now associated with International Women’s Day.

How Can You Celebrate International Women’s Day 2024?

  • Organize an assembly at your school to discuss notable women from the past and present. 
  • Research current issues and in equalities that women face today. 
  • Research the work of a female scientist, or read a book by a female author. Find out more about a brilliant woman. 
  • Channel your creativity by writing a poem, story, or play abou8t a woman who inspires you.
  • Celebrate the amazing women in your life. This could be friends, family members, colleagues, teachers, neighbors or any special women you know. 
  • Host a fundraising event for women’s organizations, like a book exchange or bake sale, where participants donate to the cause.
FAQs

What is the theme for International Women’s Day 2024?

The Theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women Accelerate Progress’.

Why is International Women’s Day important?

International Women’s Day is important because it highlights gender inequity, honors the contributions of women, and encourages continued work to make the world a more fair and inclusive place for all.

Is International Women’s Day only about celebrating women’s achievements, or does it address ongoing challenges as well? 

International Women’s Day is a complete celebration of women’s accomplishments as well as a time to draw attention to and address the ongoing obstacles and challenges that women face around the world.

Can men actively participate in International Women’s Day events?

Yes, men are urged to take an active role in International Women’s Day celebrations as supporters and allies of gender equality. Their involvement is crucial in creating an inclusive and supportive environment for everyone.

Are there any specific initiatives being undertaken at Universe Public School to promote gender equality beyond International Women’s Day?

Yes, Universe Public School is dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes gender equality throughout the year. Various workshops, programs, and awareness campaigns are organized to support this ongoing effort.