International Women’s Day today
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to mark the effort and achievement of women.International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to mark the effort and achievement of women.
International Women’s Day (IWD) is originally called International Working Women’s Day.
The campaign theme of IWD 2016 is #PledgeForParity.
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.
Women’s day is celebrated in different regions ranging from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc.
In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day.
In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons. In China, it is also referred to as “Queen’s day” with many sales for women in departmental stores.
Nepal government has also declared a public holiday on this day.