Women’s rights and gender equality are taking centre stage in 2020. Supporting and celebrating women’s rights is a year-round responsibility. But on International Women’s Day 2020 (IWD), which is on March 8, 2020, this year, it’s even more important to take a stand for women’s equality.
If you’re not familiar with it, International Women’s Day began in the early 1900s and is an “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality,” according to the official IWD website.
What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is dedicated to celebrating women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. The day, collectively founded by women, also brings attention to gender parity and women’s rights.
Gender parity is a statistical measure that compares women and men through their income, education, and work hours, among other points. This sociological metric helps researchers understand how society is progressing or regressing in specific areas. It’s also an important tool for policymakers striving towards gender equality.
Of course, the global celebration of International Women’s Day is a time for reflection of how far women have come, advocacy for what is still needed, and action to continue breaking down barriers. With over a century of history, IWD is a growing movement centred around unity and strength.