International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8th every year around the world. It is celebrated as a respect and appreciation towards women for their achievements in economic, political, and social fields. It forms an occasion to look back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped opportunities and potential that await future generations of women all over the world. The day is celebrated by wearing purple ribbons.
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th every year starting from International Women’s Year, 1975. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America.
However, the first Woman’s Day was observed in America on 28 February in 1909. The Socialist Party of America designated this day in honour of the garment workers strike in New York, where women protested against the bad working conditions.
The UN Theme for International Women’s Day 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030 : Step It Up for Gender Equality.”