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 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.
Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan is celebrating international women’s day on March 7, 2014, at the Center of Excellence for Women’s Studies. Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan gives a recognition and a boost to the home-based self-employed women throughout Pakistan. Under the supervision of Dr. Nasreen Aslam Shah, concerned teachers and students of various universities and social activists joined hands with these women to play their parts in boosting Pakistan’s economy. They are the ground breakers for Anjuman Taraqqi-e-Niswan.
To recognize and celebrate the work of the home based self-employed women to give a boost to their self-confidence.
- To provide them economic empowerment via microfinancing schemes like Self Employed Women’s Fund which provides interest-free loans to improve and strengthen the business of home-based women workers.
- To eradicate inflation caused by the exploitation by the middle man.
- To give a platform where these women can upgrade their market and advertisement.
- To make the raw materials and resources easily accessible for making of the product.
The International Women’s Day logo is purple and white and features the symbol of Venus, which is also the symbol of being female. The faces of women of all backgrounds, ages, and nations are also seen in various promotions, such as posters, postcards and information booklets. Various messages and slogans that promote the day are also publicized during this time of the year.
Saira Ronaq is a writer and graduate student in gender studies at the University of Karachi. Read other articles by Saira.