While every day is a women’s day, but International Women’s Day is celebrated globally on 08th March. This day is the celebration of women’s achievements, empowerment, action, and education. The key purpose of celebrating this day is to promote gender equality on a global scale.
The Theme of the International Women’s Day 2021
The theme of the 2021 International Women’s Day is “Choose to Challenge”. This theme celebrates and aims to gender inequality and appreciate women’s achievements.
International Women’s Day is honoured in the respect of women and their achievements in the field of ethnic, national, economic, political, or cultural. With time and again, women have shown their importance by excelling in every field. Women have not only marked their feet in the economic or political, but also in the field of entertainment, sports, and other areas.
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Why International Women’s Day is celebrated?
This Day stems from a workers’ movement. This day was first emerged in the 20th century in Europe and North America, when 15,000 women marched in New York City in 1908, demanding fewer hours in the job. Additionally, they also demanded that they must get a better salary and the right to vote. A year later, the Socialist Party of America declared this day as the first National Women’s Day. In the year 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Countries like Armenia, Cuba, Russia, Mongolia, Ukraine and Uganda celebrate International Women’s Day as an official holiday.
How to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021?
08th March each year is celebrated as International Women’s Day. The aim of celebrating this day is to appreciate the advocacy of women’s right & equality. Want to know the excellent ways to celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day? Here are a few suggestions –
Show your support on Social Media
Click a photo of yourself raising your hand high and post it on the social media platform(s). You can also use #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021.
Invite and encourage your male friends to participate in gender equality
As per the Harvard Business Review article, 96% of organizations see progress when men are intentionally involved in gender inclusion programs as compared to organizations that don’t have men involvement. Hence, invite and encourage your teammates to take part in and champion gender quality to celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day.
Advocate for gender equality within the workplace
In 2020-21, women are facing challenges to work because of the Covid-19 crisis. According to McKinsey Women in the Workplace 2020 report, it is found that the women in the United States are laid off or driven or furloughed in considering leaving their career because of the increased responsibility of household and children.
Additionally, several unique ways to celebrate 2021 International Women’s Day, such as hosting online panels, setup a coffee date (virtual) with a woman in your network, supporting and promoting women-owned businesses, etc.