Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020

March 9, 2020

At Chamlin, Uliano & Walsh, we can all do our part to ensure a fair and healthy experience for all women worldwide.

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020On March 8, 2020, the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. Each year has a separate theme, and the 2020 theme is “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” shining a light on multi-generational rights. As part of the theme, events around the world will hone in on raising awareness and support of women who are leaders in tech innovation, highlighting women athletes, creating a more inclusive work environment, increasing women’s health worldwide, and bolstering women creatives.

“I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” aligns with the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was created in 1995 as part of a weeks-long World Conference of Women in Beijing. The Declaration and Platform are known as the most progressive blueprint in the world for addressing and advancing women’s rights. A joint effort of representatives from 189 world governments gave birth to the creation, which is still turned to today. Weeks of thought partnership and debate created a blueprint with action plans addressing the following 12 central foci for the development of global equal women’s rights.

  1. Poverty Presence and Eradication
  2. Educational Opportunity
  3. Health
  4. Violence against Women
  5. Armed Conflict
  6. Economic Realities
  7. Exercise of Power and Decision-Making
  8. Institutional Structures to Empower Women
  9. Human rights
  10. Methods of Dissemination of Resources
  11. Environmental Initiatives
  12. Female Youth

The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day brings communities together to mobilize to change institutional dynamics and personal consciousness

It raises awareness of gender-based violence, unequal economic opportunities, health insecurities based on gender, and the rigidly-held glass ceiling that stymies women’s access to top roles of impact across the planet. The process of interrupting these systems and limiting beliefs requires consistency in purpose and practice, yet events such as International Women’s Day help to share this ongoing mission with a wider audience.

In 2020, International Women’s Day seeks to shed light on the generative capacity of “collective individualism.”

According to its official website, the international holiday and the 2020 theme “I Am Generation Equality” stands in the truth that we are all parts of a larger whole. What we do individually affects what happens collectively. As microcosms of a macrocosmic planet, we are responsible for creating systems in our personal and local lives that create integrity and justice. When we live in alignment with truth and equality in our thoughts, words, and actions, our small being makes a rippling effect on the larger consciousness and, with our consistent vote of investment and divestment, eventually, systems. The 2020 campaign is operating with the social media hashtag #eachforequal to generate a community of awareness during the global activities celebrating International Women’s Day.

The United Nations Development Program notes that outcomes for women have vastly improved in the last decades. The United Nations expresses hope for the future given the trajectory its data shows:

  • lower maternal mortality globally, a 38 percent decrease in the past 20 years
  • higher female school participation rates than ever
  • a larger number of countries with equal school enrollment rates between boys and girls

In 2020, we find ourselves at a pivotal point in history, when action-oriented consciousness for equal human rights is beginning to take hold in marked ways. That said, there is still much to be done to reach justice for all that is merited. The United Nations Development Program found that violence against women and girls is high. Additionally, one of the foreboding realities is that people’s consciousness worldwide still largely holds women as inferior. A United Nations study on social norms found that 9 out of 10 men still hold a gender bias against women; and, startlingly, almost the same percentage of women also do (86 percent of women).

The history of International Women’s Day spans decades

The first celebration of International Women’s Day was in 1909 in New York City, then called National Women’s Day. The celebration went hand-in-hand with the suffragist movement. The following year, other countries had joined in the call, including Austria and Germany. The work of millions of people throughout the 20th and 21st centuries to interrupt unjust systems and practices that limit women continues.

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