INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Women of the World Unite

Please wear a Purple Ribbon today, 08 March, the International Women’s Day (IWD). And take a pledge to achieve ‘complete gender parity’ well before 2186 which is the World Economic Forum’s prediction for ‘complete parity.’

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Malala Yousafzai

Apocryphal story is that women from clothing and textile factories staged a protest on March 8, 1857, in New York City (NYC) and were attacked and dispersed by police; and a rally to commemorate its 50th anniversary was held on March 8, 1907; and thus, the argument goes, IWD was inaugurated in 1907. But on record, first such rally was in 1908 when 15,000 women marched through NYC demanding end of women’s oppression and inequality. From then on the movement progressed till in 1975 UN declared 08 March as IWD.

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IWD is not only a global-day to fight for “gender parity;” a day to call for action to accelerate gender parity; a day to be #BeBoldForChange – the IWD theme for 2017. But also a day to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities; a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

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Make every day International Women’s Day.

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