International Women’s Day (IWD), celebrated globally on March 8th, symbolizes a unified call to action for gender parity and the recognition of women’s contributions across various sectors. Rooted in the early 20th-century labor movements of North America and Europe, the day has evolved to encompass a broader agenda advocating for gender equality, reproductive rights, and an end to violence against women. The genesis of IWD can be traced back to a Women’s Day organized by the Socialist Party of America in New York City in 1909, which laid the groundwork for the first International Women’s Day commemorations across Europe in 1911. Following the Russian Revolution, March 8th was officially designated to honor the day, initially embraced by socialist and communist movements and countries. Over the decades, IWD has transcended its socialist origins, gaining mainstream recognition, particularly after the United Nations promotion of the day in 1977​​​​.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024, “Inspire Inclusion,” serves as a potent reminder of the importance of fostering an inclusive world where women’s achievements are celebrated, and discrimination is actively challenged. This theme underscores the imperative of collective activism, as noted by Gloria Steinem, emphasizing that the quest for women’s equality is a shared responsibility that transcends individual or organizational boundaries. IWD 2024 invites individuals, organizations, and communities worldwide to partake in actions that support women’s economic empowerment, ensure diversity in recruitment, promote women in leadership roles, and advocate for equitable treatment across all spheres of life​​​​.

This inclusivity is integral to IWD’s ethos, which affirms that anyone can contribute to the cause, irrespective of the nature of their engagement. From grassroots activism to global branding initiatives, every action counts toward achieving gender parity. The celebration of IWD has been a testament to the power of collective effort in driving social change, a tradition that continues to inspire and mobilize communities around the world to advocate for a more equitable and just society for women and girls everywhere​