International Women’s day(IWD)
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I- Society; GS-II- Polity
- It is celebrated on the 8th of March every year to help forge a gender equal world, celebrate women’s achievements and increasing visibility.
- The theme of 2020 was “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”.
- IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
- The day is not country, group or organization specific – and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere
Do You Know?
- Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative was launched in 2015 to ensure survival, protection and empowerment of the girl child.
- The objectives of this initiative are to prevent of gender biased sex selective elimination, and to ensure survival and protection of the girl child.
- After the launch of the scheme, the sex ratio at birth has improved from 923 to 931