International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Basic Information about IWD

International Women’s Day (IWD) is observed every year on March 8 to celebrate various achievements and acts of women.

Observed on: March 8

Organized by: UN, UNWOMEN

Introduced in: 1910 (First Observation), 1975 (Adopted by UN)

Observed: Worldwide

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. The day was first observed in 1910 to honour the movement for women’s rights and to build support for achieving universal suffrage for women. During International Women’s Year 1975, the United Nations adopted IWD and began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March.

United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s rights and world peace. IWD is celebrated all over the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Activities and Programs on International Women’s Day (IWD)

Many programs and activities are conducted on this day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Rallies were conducted at different places to mark the gender equality and celebration. Many women leaders or social workers will honored on this day. There are many campaigns are done in connection with IWD, social media campaigns are included with #IWD or with the theme for the year.

Theme for International Women’s Day (IWD)

International Women’s Day 2021 Theme is “Choose To Challenge

International Women’s Day 2020 Theme was “An equal world is an enabled world

IWD 2019 Theme was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change

IWD 2018 Theme was “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives

IWD 2017 Theme was “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”

2016 Theme: Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

2015 Theme: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!

2014 Theme: Equality for Women is Progress for All

2013 Theme: A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End violence Against Women

2012 Theme: Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger

2011 Theme: Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women

2010 Theme: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All

2009 Theme: Women and Men United to End violence Against Women and Girls

2008 Theme: Investing in Women and Girls

2007 Theme: Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls

2006 Theme: Women in Decision-Making

2005 Theme: Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future

2004 Theme: Women and HIV/AIDS

2003 Theme: Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals

2002 Theme: Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities

2001 Theme: Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts

2000 Theme: Women Uniting for Peace

1999 Theme: World Free of Violence against Women

1998 Theme: Women and Human Rights

1997 Theme: Women and the Peace Table

1996 Theme: Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future

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