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International Women's Day

It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, but more importantly, looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women. But why is it celebrated on 8th March?

The history behind this day dates back to around 108 years. In the year 1909, the Socialist Party of America celebrated this day when around 15,000 women came along and protested low pay, long work hours, and lack of voting rights in New York.

It was in the year 1911 when Russia started celebrating the day on 8th March. In the year 1913, it was declared an official holiday. In 1975, throughout International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on 8th March, and each year it decides one theme for celebrating women around the world. And the theme for International Women's Day 2022 is "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow." One of the most significant global challenges of the twenty-first century is advancing gender equality in the context of the climate crisis and disaster risk reduction.

Continuing to investigate the opportunities and constraints for empowering women and girls to have a voice and be equal players in climate change and sustainability decision-making is critical for sustainable development and greater gender equality. Without gender equality today, we will be unable to achieve a sustainable and equal future. So this women’s day let’s claim “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.

-Megha Gurnani

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