INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Social Justice)

News-CRUX-10     9th March 2024        
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Context: The Prime Minister of India has extended greetings on International Women's Day.

International Women’s Day (IWD)

  • About: It is a global celebration recognizing women's achievements in various spheres – social, economic, cultural, and political.

oThe day serves as a call to action, urging the acceleration of gender parity and emphasizing ongoing challenges for women's equality.

  • Theme for International Women’s Day 2024: Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress
  • Campaign Theme: Inspire Inclusion.
  • Origin: Tracing its roots to the early 20th century, International Women’s Day emerged from labor movements in North America and Europe.

oThe first observance was the National Women’s Day in the United States on February 28, 1909, initiated by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate a garment workers’ strike.

  • Significance of International Women’s Day

oThe day's significance lies in its role in shedding light on critical issues like gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.

oIt provides a platform for collective action and collaboration in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment.

oInternational Women’s Day serves as a reminder that gender parity remains elusive, with estimates suggesting it may take over a century to achieve equality.

oThe day calls for reflection, advocacy, and action to break down barriers and advance the cause of women and girls worldwide.