International Women’s Day: Respect and Love Them Equally

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By Akindoyin Aanuoluwapo

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at various events on the day.

Such events may include seminars, conferences, luncheons, dinners or breakfasts. The messages given at these events often focus on various themes such as innovation, the portrayal of women in the media, or the importance of education and career opportunities.

Many students in schools and other educational settings participate in special lessons, debates or presentations about the importance of women in society, their influence, and issues that affect them. In some countries school children bring gifts to their female teachers and women receive small presents from friends or family members. Many workplaces make a special mention about International Women’s Day through internal newsletters or notices, or by handing out promotional material focusing on the day.

Much progress has been made to protect and promote women’s rights in recent times. Several groups have popped up to fight for women’s rights, violence against women, violence against girl child and Female Genital Mutilation.

However, nowhere in the world can women claim to have all the same rights and opportunities as men. The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion absolute poor are women. On average, women receive between 30 and 40 percent less pay than men earn for the same work. Women also continue to be victims of violence, with rape and domestic violence listed as significant causes of disability and death among women worldwide.

The first International Women’s Day occurred on March 19 in 1911. The inaugural event, which included rallies and organized meetings, was a big success in countries such as Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The March 19 date was chosen because it commemorated the day that the Prussian king promised to introduce votes for women in 1848. The promise gave hope for equality but it was a promise that he failed to keep. The International Women’s Day date was later moved to March 8 in 1913.

The UN drew global attention to women’s concerns in 1975 by calling for an International Women’s Year. It also convened the first conference on women in Mexico City in 1975.

The UN General Assembly then invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace in 1977. The day aimed to help nations worldwide eliminate discrimination against women. It also focused on helping women gain full and equal participation in global development. International Men’s Day is also celebrated on November 19 each year.

This year, International Women’s Day occurs on a Sunday and will be celebrated with the special 2020 theme, #EachforEqual. But before you start celebrating all the influential female figures in your own life, take a look back at the fascinating history behind this special day — including why International Women’s Day is celebrated, when the holiday was first established, and how exactly you can join in on the celebration this year.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day today, 8th March, celebrate every woman around you, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your friends and every female that is special to you. Treat them with respect, they are created by God and believe that they have equal rights as you do, you are no superior than they are, we are all born equal, treat them as you would treat yourself

Don’t look at them with disdain, don’t maltreat them, don’t harass them, don’t rape them, don’t abuse them, sexually, physically, emotionally or any other form of abuse.

See them as the weaker vessel that is yet strong, even they can be bent, yet they don’t break, they are stronger than men in some situations. Protect them and shield them from any and every form of harm, let them enjoy the sense of belonging. They are women, treat them with Love, kindness and compassion.

Remember that no one ever came save through a woman, their presence makes this world filled with happiness. Imagine a world filled with men only, what a boring world it would have been. Women are human beings like you, they deserve to be treated as one.

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