Dating back as far as 1909, International women’s day is both a day of celebration and reflection. It is a day to celebrate the countless accomplishments of women around the globe who for centuries have made positive contributions to the human condition. Women who have played pivotal roles in areas of health, science, art, culture, religion, economics, literature, entertainment, politics, sports to name a few. It is also a day of contemplation which brings attention to gender parity and women’s rights.
Despite its long history, the United Nations only officially recognized International Women’s Day in 1975, and, in 1996, began choosing a theme for the annual event. Initially the theme was "Celebrating the past, Planning for the Future." In 2020 the theme will be #EachforEqual inspiring us to the ideal that “An equal world is an enabled world”. This theme emphasises the need to strive to create an equal world to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
You can mark #IWD2020 by participating in any of the thousands of events held around the word. Follow this InternationalWomensDay.com/EventList for a long list of officially sanctioned events in your country. And if that is not possible, simply go up to a women you know and tell them how much you appreciate them.
For more information on #IWD2020 and to learn how to get involved, visit the official site at this InternationalWomensDay.com