International Women's Day 2024: Understand The History, Theme, Importance And More

Happy International Women's Day to all the lovey women out there. Let's take this opportunity to celebrate and honour ourselves, not just today, but every day. On 8 March, as we celebrate this special day, Connector delves into understanding its global significance and why it holds such importance.

What Is International Women's Day And Why Is It Celebrated

Since its inception in 1911, International Women's Day has been a global celebration of women's social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. It serves as a call to action for accelerating gender equality, encouraging significant activities worldwide. Every 8 March, people unite to honour women's achievements, raise awareness about gender equality, champion for positive changes, and more. 

International Women's Day includes a variety of campaigns, events, rallies, and performances, as well as festivities, fundraisers, and celebrations. Its inclusivity allows everyone to contribute to forging gender equality, emphasising the importance of collective action in this ongoing struggle.

History Of International Women's Day, How Did It Start

The first International Women's Day was first celebrated in 1911 by over a million people across Austria-Hungary, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. However, it was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1977.

Let's Understand It Better With A Quick Timeline

  • The movement began in 1908 amidst growing unrest among women, highlighted by a march in New York City where 15,000 women demanded better working conditions and voting rights.
  • In 1909, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman's Day, observed on February 28 until 1913.
  • In 1910, Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of International Women's Day at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, leading to its unanimous approval.
  • International Women's Day was first honoured in Austria-Hungary, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland on 19 March, 1911, with rallies advocating for women's rights.
  • The tragic Triangle Fire in New York City in 1911 drew attention to poor working conditions.

  • By 1913-1914, International Women's Day was agreed to be marked annually on 8 March, the date it remains today.
  • In 1917, Russian women's strike for 'Bread and Peace' led to significant political changes, including women gaining the right to vote.
  • The United Nations observed International Women's Day in 1975 and later adopted a resolution in 1977 proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Theme Of 2024 

Every year, International Women's Day is celebrated with a theme, and the theme for 2024 is 'Inspire Inclusion'. Encouraging others to value and welcome women's inclusion helps create a brighter and better future. When women feel inspired to participate and belong, they gain empowerment and relevance.

Inspiring Women In UAE

As we celebrate International Women's Day, let's take a moment to honour the remarkable women in the UAE who continue to inspire us and the entire nation with their achievements. These women are making significant strides in their respective fields, bringing pride to the country each day.

Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, also known as the 'Mother of the Nation', has played a transformative role in advancing women's rights in the UAE. Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has established institutions supporting women's education, healthcare, and social welfare. Her unwavering dedication to women's well-being, particularly through the Family Development Foundation, has paved the way for Emirati women to thrive in various fields, including politics and business.

Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi is a notable figure in politics, and her most notable achievement came in 2004 when she became the UAE’s first female minister. Her Excellency Sheikha Lubna has not only demonstrated that Emirati women can excel in politics but has also earned recognition as a capable leader.

Huda Al Shamsi, Vice President of Marketing, Brand, and Communications at Abu Dhabi Airports, has made an impact on the aviation industry throughout her distinguished career. Her role has involved implementing transformative strategies that have enhanced the airport’s reputation and global standing. Huda's visionary leadership and creative approach have played a crucial role in shaping the airport's brand identity, positioning it as a leader in the industry.

Captain Salma Al Baloushi, the first Emirati female to achieve the rank of First Officer at Etihad Airways, is an inspiration for many. Not only does she embody the modern woman in the UAE, but her journey is also a testament to years of dedication and hard work.

Amna Al Qubaisi holds the title of being the first Emirati female racing driver, breaking new ground in motorsport. Her success at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit marked a significant milestone in her racing career.

Zahra Lahrin, recognised as the UAE's first female professional figure skater to compete wearing a hijab, holds the title of the 'Ice Princess of the UAE'. Her rising prominence in the sport has seen her overcome obstacles and inspire future generations of athletes to pursue their dreams.

Nayla Al Khaja made history as the UAE's first female director, blazing a trail for women in the film industry. Her films like 'Malal' and 'The Neighbour' have not only garnered her acclaim regionally but also internationally. With numerous accolades, including being named one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Personalities in Arab Cinema, Al Khaja challenges stereotypes through her diverse storytelling and as a female Emirati director. 

Happy International Women's To Every Woman Out There! 

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