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March 8. International Women’s Day 2020
International Women’s Day is celebrated every March 8 in many countries of the world. The General Assembly of the United Nations identifies this date as a day to celebrate the achievements made in favor of equality, justice, peace and gender development. This day marks a call for action in search of gender parity.
The first steps towards gender equality emerged at the end of the 19th century, when industrialization created a period of expansion, turbulence and radical ideologies. Subsequently, in 1908 there were major disturbances and critical debates considering the oppression and inequality of women. In that same year, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding fewer hours of work, better salaries and voting rights.
In 1909, in accordance with a declaration of the Socialist Party of the United States of America, on February 28 the first National Women’s Day was celebrated in the United States, which continued to be celebrated until 1913. Consecutively, many countries in Europe They spoke in favor of the movement and the rights of women. In 1917, women obtained the right to vote in Soviet Russia, declaring on March 8 national holiday in the nation. In 1975, coinciding with the International Year of Women, the United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time, on March 8.
Since 1996, the UN began the adoption of an annual theme to promote the rights of women worldwide. According to the UN statistics of the year 2020, women perceive 23% less than men worldwide, they occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats and 1 in 3 women have suffered physical or sexual violence.
The theme of this year’s 2020 campaign is #EachforEqual #IWD2020 (“Collective Individualism”), whose goal is to build a gender balanced world.
The International Women’s Day Organization #IWD indicates that we are all part of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mentalities can have an impact on our society in general. Individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions, all day, every day. Collectively, we can make changes, if individuals collaborate to create a world with gender equality.
We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mentalities can have an impact on our society in general. A unified address to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with the #EachforEqual activity throughout the year.
Through campaigns such as #EachforEqual, a call is made to motivate and unite the world population to think, act and be inclusive in terms of gender. Also, there are other global activism groups for women’s equality such as #MeToo and #TimesUp
Source: General Assembly of the United Nations and International Women’s Day Organization