Happy Women’s Day 2018 : Check out theme, history and how to celebrate

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New Delhi | Updated: Mar 08, 2018 4:44 PM

Happy International women’s day 2018: International Women's Day, marking the spirit of womanhood is celebrated on March 8 every year, is dedicated to celebrating achievements of woman and recognise their contribution to the society.

Every year March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. The theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress. (Source: Thinkstock Image/IE)

Happy International women’s day 2018: International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 every year, is dedicated to celebrating womanhood and their political, cultural, social and economic achievements in society. The International Women’s Day comes in the wake of a social media campaign of #MeToo. This Women’s Day, we, as a society, must ensure equal pay, equal opportunities and respect for every woman.

Interestingly, even before the world had started observing March 8 as ‘International Women’s Day’, it was celebrated in socialist and Communist nations. It is was later in 1977, that the United Nations adopted the idea. Every year, UN celebrates the day with different themes and the theme this year is #PressforProgress.

Although the day is not associated with any one group, it brings together several governments across the world, non-profits and charities, and many women welfare and empowerment organisations, each one of them focussing on celebrating womanhood.

International Women’s Day in 2010 saw the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) bring to limelight the mental and physical hardships of women which were the result of armed conflicts and humanitarian crisis. Again in 2011, former United States President Barack Obama had declared the month of March as ‘Women’s History Month’.

In 2012, the theme decided by the United Nations for International Women’s Day was ‘Empower Rural Women — End Hunger and Poverty’. The following year, the theme was ‘A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women’. In 2014, it was ‘Equality for Women is Progress for All’, while in 2015, it was ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!’. I

In 2016, the theme of ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’ marked International Women’s Day while, last year, in 2017, it was ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’.

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