International Women's Day (IWD) is a time to reflect on progress and advancement made, a period to call for change and to celebrate the acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have assumed a phenomenal part in their homes, workplaces and society. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The National ceremony to mark the IWD will be held in Ampara today (08) under the theme, "Empowerment of Women for a Sustainable Future".
IWD has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.
IWD is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one Government, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned Feminist, Journalist and Social and Political Activist Gloria Steinem. IWD is all about celebration, reflection, advocacy, and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, IWD has been occurring for over a century - and is growing annually from strength to strength.