International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year to honor the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It also serves as a reminder of the challenges women face worldwide and the need for gender equality. It encourages everyone to challenge gender bias and inequality and take action to create a more inclusive world. The day aims to raise awareness of the ongoing struggle for gender equality and empower women to achieve their full potential.
International Women’s Day has a long history dating back to the early 1900s. The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28, 1909. It was organized by the Socialist Party of America to commemorate a strike by women garment workers in 1908. The following year, the Socialist International established International Women’s Day to promote equal rights, suffrage, and working conditions for women around the world.
Over the years, International Women’s Day has become a global celebration, with events and activities organized in countries across the world. The day is an opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness of women’s issues, and advocate for gender equality.
One of the most significant achievements in the fight for gender equality is the right to vote. Women’s suffrage was a long and hard-fought battle, and it took many years of activism and protests to achieve this fundamental right. Today, women can vote in almost every country in the world, and many have been elected to public office.
However, there is still much work to be done to achieve gender equality. Women continue to face discrimination and inequality in many areas, including education, employment, and healthcare. Women are also disproportionately affected by poverty, violence, and conflict.
In many parts of the world, women are denied basic human rights, such as the right to own property, access to education, and the right to make decisions about their own bodies. Women are also more likely to be victims of gender-based violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and forced marriage.
International Women’s Day is an opportunity to recognize the progress that has been made in the fight for gender equality and to renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women and to honor the sacrifices of those who came before us. It is also a day to challenge ourselves to do better and to take action to create a more just and equal world for women everywhere.
So, on this International Women’s Day, let us choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. Let us celebrate the achievements of women and work to empower women to achieve their full potential. Let us strive to create a world where every woman can live with dignity, respect, and equality.
About The Author
Dr. Leo is a highly-qualified and dedicated primary care physician who graduated from Manila Central University College of Medicine in 2018. He passed the Physician Licensure Exam in 2019, and has since gained valuable experience practicing in various settings such as being a company physician, doctor-on-duty for outpatient clinics, and a telemedicine practitioner.
What sets Dr. Leo apart is his dual-certification as both a physician and a registered nurse, having passed the Philippine Nurse Licensure exam in 2012. He has a unique perspective on healthcare as he believes in taking a holistic approach addressing the root cause of an issue rather than just treating symptoms. He is dedicated to finding long-term solutions for current disorders and preventing new ones.