What is International Women’s Day (8 March 2020)

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual global celebration and its objective is to celebrate social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe. The day is also aimed at bringing awareness to the need to grow equality of women in society.  

The first celebration took place on the 8th of March in 1911 where it gained support of over a million people. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated by all people around the world. 

It is without a doubt that as individuals we are responsible for what we choose to engage ourselves with, which in return influences our way of thought and actions. This then means we can all effectively decide to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, widen perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s accomplishments. We can all help make a gender-equal world. 

Gender equity is not an issue or subject that needs the involvement of women, but it is a social responsibility we all have to engage with. Gender equality is fundamental for economies and communities to grow vigorously. A gender-equal world can be more beneficial, wealthier and increasingly amicable.   

The IWD 2020 campaign theme, “An equal world is an enabled world” is drawn from an idea of ‘Collective Individualism.’ We are all part of a collective. Our individual activities, discussions, practices and mentalities can affect our society. Collectively, we can get make change happen. Collectively we can each make a contribution to becoming a gender-equal world. 

On March 8th you can show your support by striking a #EachforEqual pose. Put your arms in front of your chest parallel to each other and strike the #EachforEqual pose to motivate millions for people around the world to take ownership and support International Women’s Day. Share your women empowerment messages online using the hashtags #EachforEqual and #Tech2EndGBV. Keep the spirit of gender equality alive throughout the year and not just on the 8th of March!