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International Women’s Day 2020; Significance and Importance behind celebration

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8. The day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. The day is not a country, group or organization specific – and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist, and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

What is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. No one government, corporation, academic institution, NGO, charity, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.

Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others. International Women’s Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity.

International Women’s Day 2020 is all about unity, celebration, advocacy, reflection, and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continues’s to grow from strength to strength. Learn about the values that guide IWD’s ethos.

What colours signify International Women’s Day?

Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolising women. Historically the combination of purple, green and white to symbolise women’s equality originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolises hope. White represents purity but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept.

What’s the history of IWD?

International Women’s Day (IWD) has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

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