Change emerges from adversity, which organizers of International Women’s Day 2021 aim to emphasize on March 8, 2021.
According to the International Women’s Day website, “a challenging world is an alert world.” “We should all opt to challenge and expose gender discrimination and bias.” According to organizers, the individual change will bring about gender diversity in leadership, workplaces, health care, sports, and media attention. They hope that this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #ChooseToChallenge, will encourage people to confront expectations, debate assumptions, and honor women’s accomplishments all over the world. International Women’s Day has been commemorated in the past with festivals, marathons, and other activities held worldwide.
For the COVID-19 pandemic, though, the majority of the incidents will be digital. There’s everything for everybody, from a Zoom painting event in Sydney to an online marathon in Singapore.
In several countries, including Russia, International Women’s Day is a national holiday, with flower prices doubling for three to four days around March 8. Many women in China are offered a half-day off work on March 8, as recommended by the State Council, but many employers do not often pass on the half-day to their female workers.
International Women’s Day, also known as la Festa Della Donna in Italy, is commemorated by mimosa blossoms’ gift. Although it is believed to have begun in Rome following World War II, this custom’s origins are unknown.
March is Women’s History Month in the United States. Every year, a presidential proclamation honors the accomplishments of American women.
What is International Women’s Day and its History?
Since its introduction in 1911, International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than a century. The day honors women’s global social, economic, cultural, and political contributions and serves as a call to gender equality. No one, including the government, a company, an agency, or the media, may take sole credit.
Clara Zetkin, the head of the Social Democratic Party’s Women’s Office in Germany, proposed a worldwide celebration on the same day for women to “press for their demands.” Women’s day was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. Women in other countries were motivated by anti-WWII campaigns throughout Europe to create International Women’s Day.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s International Women’s Day festivities have gone digital. The Urban Wine Collective in Atlanta, for example, will hold a virtual happy hour. Meanwhile, the Dallas Arboretum has planned a day of events to celebrate women’s contributions to STEM fields.
In 1913, the holiday was shifted to March 8. According to the official website, the United Nations first commemorated International Women’s Day in 1975 and began the tradition with an annual theme in 1996.
This year’s main theme for International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021″.
According to the website, the pose consists of clearly holding your hand high to “express your willingness to choose to challenge discrimination, point out bias, query assumptions, and help forge an inclusive society.”
We must also appreciate the efforts of disabled women around the world. According to the United Nations, one out of every five women in the world is disabled. According to European estimates, women and girls account for 60% of 100 million people with disabilities. According to data from the European Institute on Gender Equality’s 2020 Gender-Equality Index, women with disabilities are at risk of poverty in 22 percent of cases. At least 6,7% of women with disabilities have unmet medical test requirements.
Women and girls with disabilities must have a seat at the table in all conversations that affect them to motivate them. They must, for example, be involved in both the disability and women’s movements, and coordination and cooperation between the two movements are essential. EDF is a member of the European Women’s Lobby which works with the European Commission’s gender equity programs to campaign for the interests of women and girls with disabilities.
Colors of International Women’s Day
Did you know that there are colors for this day? Purple, green, and white are the three colors. Purple stands for justice and dignity, green for hope, and white for purity, tainted with controversy. The colors were formed in 1908 by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the United Kingdom.
Many people don’t know that International Women’s Day is not associated with anyone region, community, or organization. The day is dedicated to all women around the world. Let us recognize, honor, and raise awareness of women’s accomplishments! To fight gender inequality and discrimination, there is an urgent need for expanded visibility through positive narratives, services, and events.
We can’t afford to be complacent. We should all look forward to achieving gender equality. We want to wish all the ladies out there a very happy Women’s Day.
Facts About Women in Leadership in European Parliament
Currently, 60 percent of European Parliament members are men, and only one woman with obvious disabilities is a European Parliament member.
As compared to 2014, the number of female members of the European Parliament rose in 2019. However, eight member states voted fewer women in 2019 than in 2014, reflecting a gender divide.
In 14 EU countries, people with disabilities, and women with disabilities, continue to be denied the right to vote. This is due to unjust policies that deny those under guardianship the freedom to vote. EDF urges the EU to ensure that all women with disabilities have fair access to electoral and public life, including the freedom to vote and be elected at both the EU and national levels.