The theme for International Women's Day of 2019 is “Balance for Better”. The theme of the year 2019 signifies that balance is what drives the world. It is a balance that creates a better working environment. A better world with a balanced gender gap is needed. The theme states that as we are entering a better working world let us create an exciting period of history where there will be a balance. It says let us realize the absence of this balance and celebrate its presence. Let us together advocate for a gender-balanced world. The theme focuses on the global campaign and is carried all year long to encourage action in that direction.
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 by great fervor and enthusiasm. On this day, many organizations and NGOs come together and hold rallies. They also spread awareness among women regarding their rights. The celebration is held in order to recognize the contributions of women and the efforts which they put into balancing their personal and professional life at ease. Another motive behind this celebration is to boost the confidence of women and resolve their social issues. On this day, Indians try to make people aware of social injustice prevalent in society and how to avoid them. Many atrocities like rape, dowry, exploitation of women at workplaces, female infanticide are highlighted and women are given a boost to resist against them. Mass rallies, seminars, and TV shows are organized for serving the same purpose. On this day, the progress made by women in different fields is also discussed. They are made aware of the fact that they have come a long way. Many women who have faced violence and have resisted against also come forward to share their inspirational stories. Women are appreciated at workplaces and are empowered to bring out their best.
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.