Published by: Christine Pease
March 8, 2019
International Women’s Day is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural economic or political. This day came from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century.
In 1945, The Charter of the United Nations was signed and was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Ever since, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programs and goals to advance the status of women world-wide.
The first National Women’s Day observed in the U.S. was February 28th, 1909. The Socialist International went to Copenhagen in 1910 to establish an International Women’s Day.
Every year, around March 19th, men and women would rally to fight for women. In 1975 the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8th.
The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day Campaign is #BalanceForBetter. Everyone has a part to play in building a gender-balanced world. The world expects balance as we enter an exciting period of history. We notice when balance is absent and celebrate its presence.
Collective action is key. From grassroots activism to world-wide action! IWD belongs to all groups, collectively everywhere. Strike the #BalanceforBetter post and make International Women’s Day! What will you do to make a positive difference for women and girls everywhere?