International Women's Day 2016: The Women, The Theme & All you need to know

International Women's Day 2016: The Women, The Theme & All you need to know

International Women's Day, a celebration that has been celebrated for more than a century to mark the plight and achievements of women. With the theme this year being "Planet 50-50 by 2030" , the event is now looking ahead another 15 years to the world's gender equality goals and celebrate women's rights in over 40 countries.

The gallery depicting the top 10 most powerful women in the world is just the beginning of the changes that the world is embracing towards women. Even these women who have already accomplished what was not possible a decade ago aren’t done dreaming. Take for example Jane Goodall, the British anthropologist who shared her hope to discuss the environment with the Pope one day, while both the activist Muzoon Almellehan and Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai strive towards a future where education is accessible to every girl.

The fight towards equality

it is impressive to see the progress that have been made for women since the first International Women's Day in 1908. It all started in New York City of that year when 15,000 amazing women marched through the streets demanding better pay, shorter work hours,and the right to vote. Despite the fight and effort towards the cause of gender equality, women still lag far behind their male counterparts as visualized with the following infographics, and these are just a subset of what is reality.

The proportion of women who hold political representation roles compared to men
The proportion of women who hold political representation roles compared to men

 

Women make up just 55 of the 500 richest people in the world
Women make up just 55 of the 500 richest people in the world

 

The proportion of women or girls under 20 who are known to have been forced into sexual activity - with the majority going unreported
The proportion of women or girls under 20 who are known to have been forced into sexual activity - with the majority going unreported

International Women's Day 2016: What is it and why was it set up? | Independent.co.uk

The 12 things to know about International Women's Day.

  1. International Women's day is a global celebration with the aim of inspiring women across the world.
  2. While International Women's Day is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots are in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights.
  3. The first National Women’s Day was marked on 28 February 1909 in the United States after a declaration by the Socialist Party of America.
  4. During an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen the following year, Clara Zetkin, leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, suggested the idea of an International Women's Day.
  5. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day. The idea was met with unanimous approval.
  6. 1911 saw IWD honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19. Over a million people attended rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination.
    Superstar Taylor Swift posted this picture on last year's International Women's Day
    Superstar Taylor Swift posted this picture on last year's International Women's Day
  7. On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1965, it was declared as a non working day in the USSR.
  8. International Women's Day was transferred to 8 March that same year and has remained the global date for the event ever since.
  9. In 1975, the United Nations gave official sanction to International Women's Day and began sponsoring it.
  10. The United States now designates the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.
  11. IWD is also an official holiday in 15 countries including China, Ukraine and Vietnam.
  12. Over the past few years Google have marked the occasion with a “Google Doodle”, changing their logo on the search engine’s homepage to reflect the occasion. Sky News are marking today's 100th International Women's Day with an all female line-up

 What is International Women's Day 2016 | Mirror.co.uk

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