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International Womens Day (IWD), 2019
Date Posted: 08/Mar/2019   Deadline: 08/Mar/2019


Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global celebration of the economic, cultural, political and social achievements of women and, in the official organization’s own words, “a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” According to the IWD website, this year’s theme is, "Better the balance, better the world" or # BalanceforBetter, to advocate for more gender balanced lives.




 




The origins of this call to action run deep and radical — the premier IWD gatherings occurred on March 19, 1911 as a series of European rallies with over a million attendees strong who wanted to end discrimination against women by allowing them to work, vote and hold public office. “As it spread around the world, it (IWD) became deeply connected to women's suffrage movements and to ending employment discrimination. In the days of World War I, it was observed as a day to show solidarity in protest against the war across nations,” says KaeLyn Rich, author of “Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership and Starting a Revolution.” It was also during World War I that IWD shifted to March 8th.




 




In 1975, the United Nations began celebrating IWD and has since become its primary sponsor. This year, at UN Headquarters in New York, senior officials of IWD and female thought leaders in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design will gather and discuss the advancement of women's rights. According to UN.org, the 2019 theme is, “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change,” focusing on innovative ways women can advance gender equality and empowerment in terms of “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.”




 




Though the goal of gender parity remains constant, this meeting of the minds seems a far cry from IWD’s activist roots. “It belongs to the world and I think that means something in our current political climate. Having a day that focuses attention and action around gender parity is as important in 2019 as it was in 1911,” says Rich. “I think many people see IWD as part of Women's History Month, or part of a general celebration of women's accomplishments and their understanding of it stops there. At its very origins, IWD was an activist day of mass protest and collective action organized by and for women. It's hard to see that radical history today, as the official International Women's Day campaign has a website and merch you can buy and a guide to planning an IWD event.”




 




Source: NBC, DWN AFRICA.



 

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