International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide on March 8 each year. It is a day set aside to celebrate the social, political and economic achievements of women and to draw attention to inequalities that women still face. It is a day that highlights the strength and assertiveness of women, who often have to stand their ground in a world dominated by men. But too often, International Women's Day is reduced to flowers and gifts, robbing it of its true meaning.
It is important to remember that International Women's Day has its origins in the struggle for women's rights. On March 8 in 1908, thousands of women in New York took to the streets to protest against poor working conditions, low wages and the right to vote. This day is a symbol of women's struggle against oppression, injustice and discrimination.
International Women's Day is an important day when we should remember women's achievements, fight for their rights and equality, and work for a better future for all women.
Women continue to be affected by many challenges such as unequal working conditions, discrimination in the workplace, unequal pay, lack of career opportunities, sexual harassment, unequal representation in political decision-making, access to education, healthcare and much more.
It is important that on this day we strive not only for gender equality, but also for a world where women can live safely, freely and equally. We should stand up for their rights by, for example, supporting women's organisations and NGOs that fight for women's rights and equality, advocating for comprehensive education for girls and women, promoting women in leadership positions and standing up for the recognition and combating of sexual harassment and violence against women.
This day (and of course every other day) should also be an opportunity to highlight women's achievements in various fields. Women have made great strides throughout history, but there is still much to be done to achieve equality. It is important to celebrate these achievements and at the same time draw attention to the fact that there is still much work to be done.
It is time for women to get the recognition they deserve and for us all to raise our voices to fight for their rights.