The international women’s day 2020, be celebrated on March 8th, is one of the days marking gender equality and women rights at one place. People celebrate the day in many ways by bringing together people of a different race, ethnicity, age, gender, country and religion and driving actions celebrating the gender equality we all deserve.
The international women’s day tends to bridge the gap and being bold to take decisive actions in professional and personal fronts.
IWD or International Women’s Day is known for celebrating the achievements in economic, social, political and cultural spheres. Founded by women, the day is known to bring attention to women rights and gender parity. Gender parity is one of the statistical measures comparing men and women through their education, work hours and education, among other points. The sociological metrics can help researchers in understanding about regressing or progressing in various areas. It is one of the essential tools for stakeholders striving hard for gender equality.
The global celebration of IWD is the time of reflection for advocacy that is required and actions to continue the barriers. With its history, the IWD is known to be one of the growing movements centred around strength and unity.
International Women’s day is celebrated from the early 1990s. It has made significant progress since the, but the problem of gender equality persists due to multiple reasons prevailing in our society and country. In 2017, the UN estimated that women make only 77 cents for every dollar being earned by men and the worst part is the work value is equal for both of them. Although they comprised more than half of the population, they occupied just 23% of the parliament seats worldwide. In lots of countries, the women are still seen to suffer disproportionately with lack of education, poverty and access to primary healthcare.
For leadership and senior management roles, also the women are severely underrepresented. Only 4.2% of the fortune 500 companies is known to have a female CEO, and the number is already declining. Let’s see how we can celebrate international women’s day in 2020:
With time, we have seen a massive increase in business around the world. There is a growing recognition around for gender rights and how it can affect us all in making female representation all around the globe. Gender diversity if implemented at the workplace, can bring real benefits for everyone. Many studies show that the workplace having a gender-diverse population is best for employee engagement, innovations, financial returns and also for reducing the turnover. Gender diversity can help any business resonating with a broader client’s base.
The IWD is an international day for actions planned to be executed on March 8th, 2020. Females in more than 30 countries around the globe are organizing events and marches to strike for their rights.
The strike encourages the women to march for:
Ending racism, police brutality and mass incarceration
Labour rights and best pay for work
Body autonomy, reproductive justice and choice of freedom for women
An end for institutional and domestic gender violence
Environmental justice and its linkage with social inequality
The long-term strategies for fostering gender diversity is essential, but you can also celebrate IWD through various events on the very day. It will help in showing the commitment to inclusion in gender equality. Below are some of the ideas that can help you in celebrating IWD at the workplace:
March is a great month for women’s conferences and events. These events can help professionals to empower and support each other for arranging mentorships and sharing knowledge. Lots of meetings also have roundtables for industry-specific challenges for females to be addressed to make them female inclusive.
If you are a professional, then you can opt for being a mentor for your team or come forward as a speaker to share your knowledge on stage.
Celebrate IWD, with the woman you love
It can be your grandmother, girlfriend, daughter, sister, mother or ant female friend trying to celebrate the day to make them feel special. Order flowers, small gifts, write notes or make a card or you can also go for a movie. It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man; we all can show our love and gratitude for the women around us.
You can also visit female help homes, to know about women problems in deep and help them in every way you can.
The IWD is the day for bringing together the people for every age, gender, religion, country and race for driving actions creating gender equality in the world we all deserve. We should look ahead to mobilize and end gender-based violence and call for economic rights and justice for all, sexual, bodily autonomy and reproductive rights and health and actions climate justice. Together on this IWD, we stand for innovation and technology for gender equality and leadership.