The world is celebrating International Women's Day on Wednesday. This year the United Nations' theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” which urges men, women and non-binary people to take "groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women".
In the words of the United Nations, "International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
Last year, the theme was "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".
While the United Nation is officially celebrating the day on 8 March since 1975, the genesis of the event goes back to the days of the Russian Revolution in 1917.
That year, amid the revolutionary passions that swept the Russian empire, a group of women textile workers protested against the Tsar — Nicolas II in Petrograd (now St Petersberg). A week later, he abdicated his throne. In order to commemorate the epoch-making event, the Petrograd Soviet declared the day of the protest, 8 March, as a national holiday.
Let us all come together to celebrate womanhood and pledge to build a more gender-sensitive and equal society.
We at Firstpost have come up with a quiz on this day. Take it to find out if you are sensitive towards women's rights or not.
Updated Date: Mar 08, 2017 14:54 PM