This International Women’s Day, 8th March 2022 will be celebrated under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. We now understand the critical link between climate change, gender and social equity. UN also recognize that without gender equality today, achieving a sustainable future goal is a big challenge.
UNESCO states, “The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28 1909, which the Socialist Party of America dedicated in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York where women protested against harsh working conditions. In 1917, women in Russia chose to protest and strike under the slogan “Bread and Peace” on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar). Their movement ultimately led to the enactment of women’s suffrage in Russia.”
This year themes acknowledge the contributions of girls and women around the world who are leading the way in climate change adaptation and mitigation with response to create a more sustainable future for everyone.
UNESCO mentioned, “International Women’s Day is an occasion to celebrate the progress made towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment but also to critically reflect on those accomplishments and strive for a greater momentum towards gender equality worldwide. It is a day to recognize the extraordinary acts of women and to stand together, as a united force, to advance gender equality around the world.”
There is no doubt that future is female and its high time to build gender equal world with free of bias and discrimination and one that is diverse, inclusive and equal.