#Pledgeforparity – International Women’s Day
This morning I was told it was International Women’s Day. To be honest I was not completely familiar with this day, since there are more special days each year which do not receive much attention and make no sense at all, like international towel day on May 25 and Yoga day on June 21 (Who creates these days?!). However International Women’s Day is not just one of those days. It actually is a very interesting day which should be promoted more in the whole world.
In this age, about 50% of the world population is women. Women do 66% of the work and only earn 10% of the world income. From all the world leaders only 5% is women and from all the illiterates 66% is women. The position and the contribution of the women in the world is continuously growing, as well in the social, economic, cultural and the political industries. However there are still some places where the process towards gender parity has slackened.
We prepared the 6 most important questions for you to show you exactly what International Women Day is and what you can do to #pledgeforparity
1. What do we celebrate?
The International Women Day is a result of the emancipation of the women. The German politic Clara Zetkin started the battle for women rights in Germany. She only reached out to a few people which made her decide to start her own women´s magazine, called “Die Gleichheit”. By doing this she received a lot more attention and in 1910 the a conference took place in Kopenhagen, at which both women and men from 17 different countries decided there should be an International Women Day. This day actually is a celebration to protect the rights of the women, because in many countries women still have a bad position. With bad position you could think about unequal treatment, unequal the division of daily tasks and unequal rewards at work.
2. Why on the 8th of March?
Firstly women in Chicago and New York held a massive demonstration at the 8th of March in 1857 against the terrible working hours and conditions at the textiles and clothing industry. Afterwards in 1917, again at the 8th of March, women revolted against the terrible events happened during World War I. By continuously demonstrating and eventually the revolution, the communists obtained power and decided to celebrate this day on the 8th of March. Other parts of the world did not acknowledged this day until 1978.
3. What do women do during this day?
This day can be celebrated in many ways and it differs per country, but the official memorial from the United Nations is held in the United Nations Trusteeship Council in New York. There will be some music performances and some expert discussions. These discussions have themes regarding thinking about an equal planet with equal genders and how we can achieve this by the year 2030, but also looking back to what we already did so far. UN Women organizes events for International Women’s Day in more than 40 countries all over the world. For example a festival with dance and music performances, some sport matches, and many more. Do you want to know what events are taking place near to you? Click here to check it out.
4. What is the theme of this year?
Each year the day has a special theme. This year the theme is “Sisterhood”. Women should support each other instead of criticising and attacking each other, what happens too often. All the women should accept each other since we actually are all sisters of each other.
5. What about the men?
Today we focus on the women, but men should not worry since there is also an International Men day on November 19th. This day has the same purpose but for the other gender: promoting positive male role models who contribute to the community.
6. What can you do?
There are many ways to get involved in this day. You can for example make a #pledgeforparity, meaning that you can take steps yourself to help achieve gender parity more quickly by helping for example women and girls to achieve their ambitions, call for gender-based leadership or respect and value difference. Click on the hashtag above, fill in the form and share it amongst your friends and social networks to encourage others to make a pledge as well. You can also read pledges from global leaders, hold your own pledge or download the special made selfie-cards.