#EachforEqual: International Women’s Day 2020

‘An equal world is an enabled world’; that is the message of the theme of IWD2020, ‘#EachforEqual’.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually every 8th of March for sensitising nations worldwide towards the fight to help women gain full and equal participation in global development. IWD revolves around civil awareness, it is anti-sexism, and aims to promote equity and equal opportunity for all, and to speak against discrimination on the basis of gender.

IWD is directly linked to United Nation’s SDGs 5 and 10 but also relevant to others. It is about challenging stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions, and celebrating women's achievements. It is a call to all to become sensitive to the significance of an equal world to global sustainability.

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IWD is a race for the achievement of ‘gender-equal boardroom…government…media coverage…workplaces…sports coverage…and more. IWD is summarily about achieving societies that run on equity and justice. Why wouldn’t anyone want such a world?

‘An equal world is an enabled world’; that is the message of the theme of IWD2020, ‘#EachforEqual’; it emphasizes the role of each of us in helping to ‘create a gender-equal world’.

‘IWD is not about women, it is about business’, says  internationalwomensday.com/, because gender equality is fundamental to the thriving of economies and communities and the fostering of a ‘healthier, wealthier and more harmonious’ world.

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Afterall, we are talking about 50% or more of the human race. As IWD2020 celebrations set to launch in few days; here are a few things that are good to know about IWD and a few that you should definitely know about IWD2020.

  • First IWD celebration: 19 March, 1911; it was supported by over one million people, including men.
  • The IWD date was moved to 8 March in 1913.
  • IWD started out as International Working Women's Day
  • IWD was adopted by the feminist movement around 1967
  • The United Nations began celebrating IWD in 1975
  • IWD Colour: Purple; signifying dignity and justice, the aims of IWD for all women everywhere in the world.
  • IWD logo: Symbol of Venus decorated in purple with women from various walks of life in the background.
  • IWD hashtags: #IWD, #womenandgirls, #anti-sexism, #anti-discrimination, #MakeItHappen, #internationalwomensday, #PaintItPurple
  • IWD2020 theme: #EachforEqual
  • IWD2020 is also the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration

As people all over the world, including men and women, get set to participate in different programmes to mark IWD2020, you may also find some of such programmes around you. Otherwise, here are a few suggestions from IWD and others on what you can do:

  • Tag your photos and posts with the IWD hashtags (above)
  • Share IWD2020 content or retweet IWD2020 messages
  • Share a picture of yourself striking the #EachforEqual pose on your social media
  • Host or sponsor an IWD2020 public lecture, discussion, or other awareness programme
  • Use IWD logo on your blog, website, social media or your email signatures
  • Wear IWD official colour to work, use purple in your websites, blogs or social media.
  • You can also make a video or presentation on IWD2020 theme and post it on your social media
  • Any other thing that can help create/raise awareness about different issues facing women across the world.

IWD is a celebration for both men and women and the achievement of the aims of IWD requires all hands on deck, including those of men. It can only be achieved if everyone contributes. #EachforEqual signifies collective individualism. All of us, speaking as one voice for a world where justice and equity reigns. That is #EachforEqual.

And lest I forget, every November 19 is International Men's Day (IMD). Let’s talk about that sometimes.

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