International Women’s Day
This year, the International Women’s Day carries the theme, Each for Equal.
This day sets a global recognition that aims to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The colours that signify International Women’s Day and the championing of equality for all women are purple, green and white. This originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK in 1908.
Purple signifies justice and dignity, green symbolises hope. White represents purity, but is no longer used due to ‘purity’ being a controversial concept. Internationally, purple is a colour for symbolising women.
With the set theme and call to action, what this day seeks to achieve is to forge a gender equal world. Celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while carrying out inequality, is key.
Some of the missions cover areas such as;
- Champion women forging tech innovation
- Applaud equality for women athletes
- Forge inclusive workplaces for women to thrive
- Support women to earn on their own terms
- Empower women through health education
- Increase visibility for women creatives
The world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women’s and society’s thoughts about women’s equality and emancipation.
With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women’s visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally in some regions compared to their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so each year the world inspires women and celebrates their achievements.
An equal world is an enabled world.