International Women's Day is a global celebration held on March 8th each year to recognize and honour the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and across various fields. The day also serves as a call to action for advancing gender equality and women's rights. It has been celebrated for over a century and is a time to reflect on progress made and the work that remains to be done to ensure gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide.
The origins of International Women's Day can be traced back to the early 20th century. It was inspired by the labour and socialist movements and initially marked by women demanding better working conditions, equal pay, and the right to vote. Over time, the focus of the day has expanded to encompass a wide range of issues related to women's rights, including issues like gender-based violence, reproductive rights, and women's political participation.
Many events and conferences are held around the world to mark the occasion, and various speakers are invited to share their insights and experiences.