International Women’s Day 2018: UN Makes Press For Progress This Year’s Theme; All You Need to Know About This

New Delhi, Mar 8: International Women’s Day is being celebrated today, March 8 across the world. As the name suggests, the day is dedicated to womanhood and its contribution to the society. The United Nations celebrates the day on the basis of different themes every year. This time, the theme is #PressForProgress.

The day is marked with talks, performances, rallies, marches and various similar events.

The theme #PressForProgress holds significance in the wake of the World Economic Forums’ Global Gender Gap Report according to which it will take 217 years to close the gender parity gap. (ALSO READ: On International Women’s Day, Meet The Woman Who Inspired PM Modi)

It is being argued, “We can’t be complacent. Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity.”

#PressForProgress calls for motivation and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Origin of Women’s Day

The Women’s Day was first observed in New York on February 28, 1909. It was organised by the Socialist Party of America.

A year later, Socialist representatives at the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen proposed that there be an International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day was celebrated for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911. However, two days later it was proposed that the day be celebrated on March 8.


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