Gender equality is good for the economy – and that is the message forganizers of International Women’s Day 2020 hope to trumpet on Sunday.
“Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue,” the International Women’s Day website says.
Gender parity in government, workplaces, health care, sports and media coverage is achievable through collective action, organizers say. They hope this year’s theme, #EachforEqual, will inspire others to challenge biases, question stereotypes and celebrate the achievements of women around the world.
From a festival in Berlin, to a marathon in Indonesia or an economic empowerment event in Washington, D.C., each corner of the globe will mark the day in its own unique way.
Here’s what you need to know:
What is International Women’s Day?
The day recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally, and is a call to action for gender parity. Starting in 1911, International Women’s Day has been observed for more than a century. No government, corporation, organization or media entity can claim sole credit.
How is the day celebrated?
There are events listed in 21 countries on the official website. Any organizer is invited to publish a new event. Rallies, marches, marathons, panel discussions and beer tastings are just some of the activities. Organizers wanting to plan their own celebrations are welcome to helpful resources on the website.
How can I find events close to me?
You can search by city and country on the International Women’s Day events page. Some cities are sponsoring multiple events.
What are some examples of events?
The International Association of Women NYC chapter will host a High Tea Reception at The View of the World for High Tea. A portion of the registration fee will be donated to the Girl Scouts of the United States.
A Women in Leadership Luncheon and Book Discussion will occur at Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business alumni in Atlanta. Come prepared to discuss “Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office” by Lois Frankel.
Events are scheduled all afternoon March 9 at Cascadia Garlington Health Center in Portland, Oregon. Reflections and discussions, a dance performance and a documentary showing are planned.
Among events overseas: Vancouver will host a “Strong Women, Strong Music 2020” music concert series, an arts-focused showcase and panel, at the University of British Columbia Arts & Culture District as well as a free webinar on Collective Individualism in Action hosted by Social Root Consulting. An encore presentation of The Women’s Adventure Film Tour will be presented in Sydney, Australia. The tour is a collection of short films spotlighting extreme athletes who are women.
What is the history of International Women’s Day?
The leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, Clara Zetkin, suggested a celebration in every country on the same day for women to “press for their demands.” This Women’s Day was first observed on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Campaigns across Europe against WWI inspired women in other countries to adopt International Women’s Day.
The date of observance moved to March 8 in 1913. The United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975 and started the tradition of an annual theme in 1996, according to the official website.
How can I celebrate International Women’s Day on social media?
Organizers are asking supporters to “strike the #EachforEqual pose” in selfies. “Post your #IWD2020 message on social media with your ‘hands out’ equal pose for a strong call-to-action for others to support #EachforEqual also,” the website says.
Are events only held for one day?
The #EachforEqual campaign runs all year long, according to the website.
Is there an International Men’s Day?
International Men’s Day is observed annually in more than 80 countries on Nov. 19. The month of November, which includes the Movember fundraiser for men’s health and International Children’s Day, is “important for the masculine soul,” the official website says.
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