International Women’s Day (March 8) celebrates womanhood, their social, economic, cultural, political achievements and significant contributions of women to society. It is an event held around the world to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and emphasizing the importance of gender equality.
Women have come a long way in their struggle for equality. This year, the theme for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2021 by the United Nations is, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world.” The theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women leaders and women’s organizations have demonstrated their technical expertise, knowledge and experience to effectively lead in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts. Women stand at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, as health care and frontline workers, scientists, doctors and caregivers, and still there is gender disparity between men and women – women are paid 11% less globally than their male counterparts.
UN Campaign: #ActforEqual to show support and take action for gender equality.
IWD 2021 Campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge. Let’s all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. With challenge comes change!
#IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay #ActforEqual
Happy International Women’s Day 2021!
“We need women’s representation that reflects all women and girls in all their diversity and abilities, and across all cultural, social, economic and political situations. This is the only way we will get real societal change that incorporates women in decision-making as equals and benefits us all.” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director