International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8 annually. The tagline for International Women’s Day of this year is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change.” This day is a day to commend the significance of women as well as many of the contributions and attainments of women throughout history. On this day, women are acknowledged for their attainments regardless of their nationality, age, race, linguistic, cultural, political or economic status. No one authority or organization is particularly accountable for International Women’s Day, as the day is recognized as more of a mutual exertion throughout the world. International Women’s Day has been observing annually for more than a century as a day focused on celebration, unanimity, reflection, action, and advocacy, which varies in emphasis from place to place.
The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19 in 1911. The opening event, which included rallies and organized meetings, was a big success in European countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king assured to commence votes for women in 1848. The promise gave hope for parity but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was moved to March 8 in 1913.
In Bangladesh, this day is celebrated through various programs every year. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day. Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages are given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities.
The concern of violence against women needs to be seriously addressed to allow women to enjoy the benefits of all the other advantages in their rights. Though laws are there gender-based violence still remains to decline all other gains. Violence takes place among all classes and ethnic groups, in the home, at workplaces, and in the streets.
International Women’s Day focuses on women empowerment. The contribution of women is much needed for the socio-economic development of a country. The Government of Bangladesh emphasis on women empowerment aiming to ensure sustainable development of infrastructure and livelihood in every sphere of this country. Nowadays we cannot negate the contribution of women in our society.
The vital objective is parity between men and women but that cannot transpire if women themselves are not equivalent to one another.