#BreakTheBias is the theme for 2022
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year around the world. It is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.
I/ we will help forge a gender equal world
I / we will maintain a gender equal mindset
I / we will challenge gender stereotypes, discrimination & bias
I / we will call out gendered actions or assumptions
I / we will forge positive visibility of women
I / we will try to influence other’s beliefs & actions
I / we will celebrate women’s achievements
I / we will forge women’s equality by …
I / we will #BreakTheBias by …
International Women’s Day grew out of efforts in the early 20th century to promote women’s rights, especially suffrage. The Socialist Party of America in 1909 held the first National Woman’s Day.
The concept of a ‘woman’s day’ caught on in Europe. On March 19, 1911, the first International Woman’s Day was held, drawing more than 1 million people to rallies worldwide.
Women earn 23% less than men globally. Women occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide. 1 in 3 have experienced physical/sexual violence.
Today not one country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. There is a significant threat of rollback of hard-won feminist gains.
Purple, green and white are the colours of International Women’s Day.
Purple signifies justice and dignity.
Green symbolizes hope.
White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept.