8 March: International Women's Day
The International Women's Day 2018 was observed across the world on March 8, 2018 with an aim to empower women in all settings, be it rural and urban, and celebrate the activists who are working constantly to assert women’s rights and realize their full potential.
The Day is observed to stand in harmony with all those fearless women fighting for gender equality, and highlight those women who often pass unnoticed.
Theme of International Women's Day 2018
The theme of International Women’s Day 2018 was 'Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives'.
Previously, sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women had captured headlines, leading to global marches and campaigns like '#MeToo' and '#TimesUp' in the United States of America and in other countries.
This year, International Women’s Day came in the wake of such exceptional global movements aiming for women’s rights, equality and justice.
This year's theme also echoed the priority theme of the upcoming 62nd session of the 'UN Commission on the Status of Women'.
#TimeisNow: 2018 Commemoration at UN Headquarters
The 2018 International Women’s Day was observed by United Nations along with UN Women in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, UN Headquarters, New York.
The event witnessed influential speeches by UN Secretary-General, UN Women Executive Director Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award–winning actor Danai Gurira and civil society representatives.
UN Women’s report 'Turning Promises into Action'
• As per the report, across all regions, women are more likely to live in extreme poverty than men.
• This gender gap in poverty is as high as 22 per cent women of 25 - 34 age group, peak reproductive years.
• More than 50 per cent of urban women and girls in developing countries live in conditions where they lack at least one of the following: access to clean water, improved sanitation facilities, durable housing and sufficient living area.
International Women's Day Celebrations in India
The 2018 International Women's Day was observed in India by conferring the Nari Shakti Awards to various individuals and organisations that are working towards empowering women. The President of India Ram Nath Kovind presented the awards at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
About International Women's Day (IWD)
The United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975.
Two years later in December 1977, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with their historical and national traditions.