A look at the history and significance of the day


On this International Women’s Day 2022, the United Nations and the world will come together to celebrate the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable future” and call for “climate action for women, by women”. “, according to the UN website.

The theme of women’s day 2022

Women and girls around the world are the most affected by climate change, as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and jeopardizes women’s livelihoods. Women depend more on natural resources, but they have less access to them. They often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing fuel, food, water and other resources to support their families. Women are key to leading and driving change in climate change solutions.

“Without the inclusion of half of the world’s population, solutions for a sustainable planet and a gender-equal world are unlikely to be realized tomorrow,” states the United Nations website.

In the context of climate change, gender equality is of paramount importance. On this year’s International Women’s Day, women and girls who lead climate change adaptation and response operations and solutions will be honored for their leadership and contribution.

Additionally, internationalwomensday.com states that the campaign theme for IWD 2022 is “#BreakTheBias” which promotes a gender equal world. The campaign aims to promote a world free from prejudice and stereotypes, a diverse, equitable and inclusive world, where difference is valued and celebrated.

History and importance of the JIF

The roots of Women’s Day date back to 1908, when 15,000 working women marched through New York to demand good pay, shorter working hours and the right to vote. The first National Women’s Day in the United States was observed on February 28, and it continued to be observed on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland also honored International Women’s Day on March 19.

In Russia, women celebrated their first International Women’s Day on a Sunday on February 23, 1917, which was actually March 8 in the rest of Europe according to the Gregorian calendar. This is how the idea of ​​celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8 was born. Since then, March 8 is celebrated as Women’s Day around the world.

The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1975 by the United Nations. The first annual theme, “Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future,” was celebrated in 1996 by the UN.

International Women’s Day celebrates and rejoices women around the world and celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements they have made.

(Edited by : Shoma Bhattacharjee)


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