How it began and why the fight for women’s rights is still necessary

Controversy over International Women’s Day

Opinions generally differ on whether International Women’s Day makes sense or not.

Although it is praised by many for raising awareness of some inequalities, there are critics who criticize it for bringing societal attention to women for just one day, thereby allowing people to publicize women’s rights issues to ignore others.

What is this year’s theme?

The official theme for IWD 2022 is #BreakTheBias – promoting the notion of a world free of prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.

In 2021, the theme was “Choose to Challenge” and recognized the need to address gender bias and inequalities. While women around the world fought against the social, economic and political consequences of Covid-19.

Last year, 2020, the theme was #EachforEqual, which aimed to recognize the actions we can take as individuals to challenge stereotypes and celebrate women’s achievements.

How can you get involved?

To tie into this year’s theme, IWD organizers are asking people to strike the “Break The Bias” pose – with your hands crossed – and share it on social media to further your commitment to creating an inclusive world. Some of the submissions will be published on the IWD website and social media feeds.

Alternatively, you could turn your attention to raising funds for a women-focused charity. Her favorite charities include Catalyst, Womankind Worldwide and Dress for Success. For more information on IWD charities, visit their website.

How can you mark IWD this year?

The day is usually marked by marches – the main one being the March4Women event in London – as well as networking events and seminars.

Several other events are taking place across the UK today. Team England will host an International Women’s Day webinar, led by Denise Lewis OBE, where they will discuss the importance of the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham and the positive potential impact on women’s sport.

There will also be an IWD three course dinner at the Hotel du Vin in Brighton with special guest speaker Sophie Walker, who is a campaigner, campaigner and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party UK.

Another option is to attend a free specialized women’s self-defense training event – available in London and beyond – which is held with the aim of empowering women both physically and psychologically.

How is International Women’s Day celebrated around the world?

Every country has its own way of celebrating the day. It is an official public holiday in a number of places including: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia. How it began and why the fight for women’s rights is still necessary

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