Port Blair, Mar 07: Along with the rest of the world these Islands will also be celebrating the International Women’s Day on 8th of March 2019. It commemorates the movement for women’s right. The day also marks a “call to action” to increase gender equality. Historically, International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. The celebrations continue to grow from strength to strength every year and various programmes are organised at local and international level to mark International Women’s Day.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter. The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. It doesn’t end on International Women’s Day. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year.
Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s right, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women have captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change. People around the world are mobilizing for a future that is more equal. International Women’s Day 2019 is an opportunity to transform this momentum into action, to empower women in all settings, rural and urban and celebrate the activists who are working relentlessly to claim women’s right and realise their full potential.
Dr. Poonam Arora, Chairperson, Social Welfare Board said, the story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So put your hands out and strike the #BalanceforBetter and make International Women’s Day your day – and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women everywhere.
She added I hope that the real meaning for celebration of the International Women day can be achieved only when we equally treat the women in all sphere of life removing the gender barriers, as said in a press release by Dr. Poonam Arora, Chairperson, Social Welfare Board.