• March 8, 2020
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International Women’s Day ,8 March 2020-“I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, worldwide. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political.

It is a time to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s.

International Women’s Day 2020 theme— “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” The theme for International Women’s Day (8 March) 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights.

Some facts:

Economic empowerment

  • Women’s economic empowerment is of great importance to realize women’s rights and gender equality.
  • Many SDGs can be achieved by 2030 only if women are economically empowered and there is gender equality.
  • Increasing women’s and girls’ educational attainment contributes to women’s economic empowerment and more inclusive economic growth.
  • Working women make an economy grow which is good for business.

Gender equality

  • Globally, over 2.7 billion women are restricted by law from getting the same job choices as men.
  • Women’s participation in the labor force is 63% compared to 94% for men.
  • Women are over-represented in informal and vulnerable sectors.
  • There are a gender wage gap-women who earn 77% of men’s income.
  • Most of the women’s work has no monetary value but is essential for economic development. These unpaid tasks often go unrecognized.
  • Women are less likely to be entrepreneurs and constrained from having higher positions in society
  • Activities related to the welfare of women
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare*, Government of India provides various health care services for women’s health under the RMNCH+A strategy. The strategy is a continuum of care to ensure equal focus on various life stages and to provide comprehensive and integrated health services most important to adolescents, mothers, and children.
  • Ministry of women and child development**Government of India promotes social and economic empowerment of women through various policies and programs, mainstreaming gender concerns, creating awareness about their rights and facilitating institutional and legislative support for enabling them to realize their human rights and develop to their full potential.