As you’ve probably heard, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, including supporting women’s companies, sending quotes and messages to the women in your life, for International Women’s Day. But do you really know the basic details of International Women’s Day? Like what Women’s Day is and the context behind it? Continue to read all you need to know about the 2020 International Women’s Day.
When is International Women’s Day?
Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day honors women’s rights and motivates people to take steps and create equal opportunities for women.
What is International Women’s Day?
This celebrates the contribution of women to society, raises awareness of fighting gender parity and encourages support for women’s organizations around the world. World Women’s Day is a global holiday endorsed by the United Nations.
History Of Women’s Day
It began in America in 1909, according to the UN, when the Socialist Party of America took to the streets to honor garment workers, who had protested the previous year against inhumane working conditions. It was known as the National Women’s Day and was on 28 February. The following year, Women’s Day was founded in Copenhagen by Social International to commemorate those fighting for women’s rights and universal suffrage. The first official Women’s Day was celebrated on March 19 in 1911 by Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland.
More than one million people attended protests that focused on the right to vote, democracy, education and the rights of workers. Over the next few years, more countries in Europe have celebrated their holidays on 8 March. It wasn’t until 8 March 1975, when the United Nations celebrated it as an official holiday during the International Women’s Year. The holiday has gained awareness around the globe since 1975, as a way of recognizing women.
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Theme Of Women’s Day 2020
#EachforEqual is the 2020 International Women’s Day theme. It tells us that every one of us is there to help create a world that is gender-equal. Last year, #BalanceforBetter was the theme of Women’s Day 2019, reflecting on the importance of creating a gender-balanced world. In 2018 the Women’s Day theme was #PressforProgress. The theme for the 2017 Women’s Day was #BeBoldforChange, and the theme for 2016 was #PledgeforParity.
UN Women has also introduced a 2020 theme: “I am Generation Equality: Achieving Women’s Rights.” UN Women also launched a new multi-generational movement for equality called Generation equality. Gender parity will not occur for more than 200 years, according to the 2017 Global Gender Gap report of the World Economic Forum. So the global campaign for International Women’s Day aims to reduce that number by focusing on year-round calls-to-action.
Hashtags Of International Women’s Day
For starters, on Twitter, you can use # WomensDay and it will automatically fill the female-gender-sign emoji. While on Instagram the same Women’s Day hashtag has generated more than 2 million posts.
The hashtags for this year also include the thematic #EachforEqual, the simple #IWD2020, #InternationalWomensDay, and #SeeHer.
The current global consensus is that despite some success, real change for the majority of the world’s women and girls has been agonizingly slow. Not a single country can claim to be achieving gender equality today. Many barriers in both law and culture remain unchanged. Women and girls tend to be underestimated; they work hard, earn less, and have fewer choices; and suffer multiple forms of domestic and public abuse. In fact, there’s a significant threat of hard-won feminist progress rollback.
The year 2020 provides an unmissable opportunity for all women and girls to drive collective action to achieve gender equality and human rights.