Every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day falls. This day is celebrated to recognize the economic, political, social, and cultural contributions of women of all walks of life. The day is celebrated internationally, recognizing women’s challenges and accomplishments. People all over the world are coming together on this day to promote gender equality and to emphasize the importance of women in bringing about significant reforms.
About a century has passed since International Women’s Day. Important discussion and considerable discontent took place among women in the early 20th century. Women’s injustice and racism have forced women to speak out and work to reform.
In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York, seeking, among other things, better wages and voting rights. In 1910, a feminist named Clara Zedkin, the head of the Social-Democratic Party’sWomen’s Office’ in Germany proposed to push for the women’s demands on International Women’s Day.
The Zetkin recommendation was unanimously approved by a gathering of over 100 women from 17 countries and it was the first International Women’s Day in 1911.
The International Day of Women was changed to 8 March in 1913 and is observed every year on the same day.
Pakistan Army Chief :
On International Women’s Day General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), declared that Pakistani women made a major contribution to our nation’s glory and honor.
“They are in front of COVID, too. Uniform women have proven their success by making a huge contribution to the country and humanity in a variety of fields. We should honor them and we should be grateful,” said General Bajwa.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister :
The theme of this year’s World Women’s Day, which Pakistan strongly supports, is, ‘Women in leadership: Achieving equal opportunities in the world at COVID-19.’ Women in Pakistan have shown extraordinary strength and leadership in the test times of the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully helped to react and recover our country. Women, such as health professionals, primary care providers, innovators, advocates of human rights, and community organizers, were at the forefront. Under the leadership of Premier Imran Khan, Pakistan’s flagship emergency cash program Ehsaas is being led by a woman to deal with the negative socio-economic implications of the pandemic.
When we celebrate the day in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), we mustn’t forget the distress of women. The Indian powers of colonization, including sexual harassment, violation, and molesting, have suffered the most violent manifestations of human rights violations and injustice over the last seven decades. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in the two 2018 and 2019 Kashmir reports and other correspondence and public statements made by UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders have thoroughly reported these human rights abuses. The international community needs to recognize and keep India responsible for these serious crimes.
Pakistan’s Constitution upholds women’s equal status. We have made substantial strides to empower women, including by means of transformative legislative, policy, administrative and structural interventions in political, economic, and social aspects. One of our government’s main goals is to ensure that the interests of women are broadly included in all spheres and at all levels. The voice of Pakistan has always been up for women’s rights and gender equality in international forums. The delegate of Pakistan, Begum Shaista Ikramullah played an important role in including Article 16 on equal treatment of men and women during the preparation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
This is why International Women’s Day this year is a rallying call to achieve equality for everyone. In Mexico City, from 29 to 31 March the Generation Equality forum, the largest gender equity contribution and equity forum will culminate in June 2021. They will entice politicians, visionaries, and campaigners from around the world to advocate for change for years to come, safely on a virtual forum.