INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S Day is marked on March 8, every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the professional, cognitive, economic, political and social achievements of women. The day is meant to portray the power of women in the modern era and how vital their role is in the society.
How did it begin?
IN THE year 1910, Clara Zetkin, a German women’s rights advocate, proposed that “every year, in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day – a Women’s Day – to press for their demands”. Ever since, International Women’s Day is being observed in various countries across the world.
The United nations has come out with the 2009’s theme for International Women’s Day to be celebrated on March 8. This year’s theme, recongnised and followed worldwide, is going to be ‘Women and men united to end violence against women and girls’.
There is a theme every year
Every year, a political and human rights theme as designated by the United Nations to create the social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide, are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
In 2009, the theme ‘Women and men united to end violence against women and girls‘ has been decided by the UN.
Below are some of the global UN themes used for International Women’s Day in since year 2000.
2008: Investing in Women and Girls
2007: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls
2006: Women in decision-making
2005: Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a More Secure Future
2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
2003: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
2002: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
2001: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts2000: Women Uniting for Peace
Happy Womens’ Day, my friends!
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