International Women’s Day 2020
The International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to remind ourselves of the sacrifices they have made as well as the efforts they have put in to shape our lives for the better. This year though, we will not only honour the efforts of women and made us better human beings but also take a pledge to make their life better and in that way, thank them for their importance in our lives. We will challenge the societal norms and help every woman in our and other’s life to brave their challenges such as patriarchy, inequality and sexism.
- The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.
- The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
- Adopted in 1995 at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, the Beijing Platform for Action is recognized as the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.
- The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action.
- It will also mark several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of UN Women’s establishment.
- The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world.
- Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture.
- Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces.
- The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.