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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

Monday,26 April 2021 09:33 PM IST

Prasad Nair

Mumbai, April 26

Every year, March 8, is celebrated as International Women’s Day and this year the event is being celebrated with new theme #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an “alert world” and we all are facing new challenges every day of our lives, more so in this unprecedented coronavirus hit world. Challenges pave way to changes and women can from this year choose to challenge things which have been holding them back over the years and overcome the barriers. In successfully doing so they can create a new world order in which men and women will have equal space!

This day is symbolic of all the painstaking efforts that women have been taking to better their lives and although a lot has been achieved, more still needs to be done, the journey is long. International Women’s Day has been celebrated for more than a century now and while many think it to be a feminist cause, it originated from a labour movement. International Women’s Day was first organized in 1911 by German activist Clara Zetkin. A teacher by profession, she was associated with Socialist Democratic Party and actively participated in labour movement as well as women’s movement.

Zetkin was closely associated with Rosa Luxemburg, a far left thinker and revolutionary. Women’s Day was first observed on February 28  and two years later in 1913 the date was changed to March 8, and from then on, it has been celebrated so. Today, we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality and we can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Let us collectively help create an inclusive world and keep your hand up high to show that you are in. Together we can create a better tomorrow, one in which men and women will have equal roles to play in every sphere of life.

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