International Women’s Rights Day 2018: What you need to know about March 8
Since the beginning of the 19th century, women have been mobilizing to make their voices heard. Equality between women and men , parity or societal changes, the subjects are numerous whereas inequalities persist in the world.
As the UN points out, this is not a “Women’s Day” but an international day dedicated to women’s rights . This year, the United Nations is focusing on empowering women “in all contexts”, whether “rural or urban”. This 2018 edition has been named: “The time has come: rural and urban activists are transforming women’s lives”.
The organization wishes to celebrate “the activists who work tirelessly to claim women’s rights and achieve their full potential” while UN Women says on its website that the special attention paid to rural women is due to their large number .
They “represent more than a quarter of the world’s population “, plow our lands, plant seeds but are still less well paid than their male counterparts. In this environment, the wage gap rate can reach 40% .
Where does this tradition come from?
The origin of International Women’s Rights Day dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. It is anchored in the workers’ struggles and the various women’s events organized in Europe. The latter demanded the right to vote, better working conditions and equality between the two genders. This day is announced for the first time in 1910 by Clara Zetkin at the International Conference of Socialist Women in Copenhagen.
The idea made its way but it was not until the end of the Second World War that this international day became a true tradition . And this, all over the world.
UN officially recognizes this day
In the 1970s, this event finds a new echo with the feminist revival. The United Nations even took the opportunity to formally recognize, in 1977 , March 8 as International Women’s Day. It will take another five years to see France do the same. This will be done under the presidency of François Mitterrand, in 1982.
A topic at the heart of the news
If today, this day holds such an important place it is good that gender equality is still debated. Above all, it represents a real rally around efforts to raise women to the same level as men in both political and economic life. It also offers a new reflection on the progress already made and the changes to be made .