International Woman's Day or “IWD” in short is celebrated every year on March 8th across the globe. This day is also known as International Working Women's Day or United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace. The core reason for celebrating this day is to appreciate the accomplishments, inputs and augmentation of the women in the society. Universally, it is celebrated to give reverence to whole women fraternity, acknowledge them and express love for them. As women today play a major role in economical, political, and social activities in a society, this day is observed to celebrate the magnificence of womanhood across the world. On this event celebration, a preplanned theme of the year is created to enhance the political and social awareness towards the struggles and augmentation of women.
In the August 1910' a meeting was commemorated by the International Women's Conference, held in Copenhagen to install the annual celebration of the International women's day. Finally, the perennial celebration of International Woman's Day was established with the encouragement of American socialists and German Socialist Luise Zietz. This event celebration promoted equal rights for all women.
First celebrated on 19th March, 1911it was celebrated by millions of people in Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland. Various demonstrations, women parade, banners etc. were taken out by woman. Also, certain demands of right to vote, holding public office and eradicating sex discrimination in employment was kept in forefront by the women. In the year 1914, 8th March Woman's Day celebration began in Germany especially for the women's right to vote. In the year 1917, women of Saint Petersburg appealed the “Bread and Peace”, end of the World War I and Russian food shortage. Steadily, various communist and socialist countries started celebrating this day. This day was celebrated in China, in the year 1922, and in Spanish communists from 1936.
Women's Day is a special event celebrated worldwide on 8th March by women leaders from all walks of society i.e. the business, political, community, educational institutions, inventors, etc. On this day various programs concerning the women issues are organized, like seminars, women parade, conferences, competitive activities, etc. It is celebrated to boost the awareness about women's rights, inputs to society, importance of education, career opportunities.
Female teachers receive token of appreciation by their students, mothers by their kids, sisters by their brother etc. Most of the business organizations, Public offices, Private offices and educational institutions are closed at this day. People all over the world wear purple ribbons for celebrating this event.
In India, Women's Day is celebrated every year with great enthusiasm on 8th March to spread awareness among women about their rights. The celebration of this event plays an enormous role in spreading the absolute message of women's right and their place in the society. It promotes healthy living condition of the women by resolving their social issues.
Women's Day is celebrated annually using special theme. Certain year wise themes are:
2016: "Pledge For Parity"
2015: "Make It Happen"
2014: "Equality for Women is Progress for All"
2013: "A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women"
2012: "Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger".
2011: "Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women".
2010: "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All".
2009: "Women and Men United to End Violence against Women and Girls".
2008: "Investing in Women and Girls".
2007:"Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls".
2006: "Women in Decision-making".
2005: "Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future".
2004: "Women and HIV/AIDS".
2003: "Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals".
2002: "Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities".
2001: "Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts".
2000: "Women Uniting for Peace".
1999: "World Free of Violence against Women".
1998: "Women and Human Rights".
1997: "Women and the Peace Table"
1996: "Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future".
The Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) of Great Britain approved the color combination of purple, white and green, a symbol of the plight of the Suffragettes. Wherein Purple was symbolic of justice and dignity - women's equality. These three colors were used in banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.