Adopted by the UN in the year 1977, the day is observed across the globe with special events dedicated to women. Every year a theme is picked for the day. This year, it is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The UN Women has been focusing on the Generation Equality campaign for years. It aims at “bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and country”, in a bid to drive actions that will lead to a “gender-equal world we all deserve”.
It first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th Century in North America and across Europe. T he day was initially celebrated as International Working Women’s Day and is believed to be held at a socialist-political event in New York City in 1909.
UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called 2020 as a “massive year for gender equality” and said the year was all about “Generation Equality”, in which “we’re mobilizing to realize women’s rights, and to mark 25 years of implementing the Beijing Platform for Action” – the historic and landmark gender equality plan drawn up in the Chinese capital.