Memorable Revolutionary Marches for Women’s Rights – Happy Women’s Day

by Vinodkumar Sankranthi
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Here’s wishing all the ladies out there a Happy Women’s Day in advance which falls on 8th March 2024, Friday. Have you ever been a part of a march for atrocities against women, or been a part of women empowerment programs or anything along the same lines? Irrespective of your answer being yes or no, you must be aware of the hurdles that revolutionaries taking part in such projects face. The revolutionary marches and empowerment programs are not new at all. There have been lots of such marches and revolutions in the past as well. They say actions speak louder than words, but sometimes speaking up takes more courage than ever. It all starts with quotes, speeches, and marches.

Take a leaf out of these strong women’s lives and their defiant displays of courage, bravery and above all else, standing up for what’s right. No number of words are enough to praise these strong women, however, we can show our support to their cause by gifting them something special, using only the best Women’s Day Offers.

Women’s Day would not have been happy but for these women!

We celebrate a day for women and wish each other a happy Women’s Day on the 8th of March every year. But none of these would have been possible without the protests and revolutions by many women and even men. There have been several progressive demonstrations in the past, be it during the revolutionary days in France or the modern-day Argentina and India. Everyday women around the world are tired of hearing the same old drab, disguised as jokes.

There are a lot of gender equality-related issues in the world that need to be addressed immediately. Women everywhere deserve to have basic rights like the right to vote, right to drive, right to wear what they want, etc. Pay gaps in companies across the world have to be brought down immediately. Maternity and period leaves should be provided to women, so that, they can work comfortably.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

Did you know for the first time on 28th February 1909, International Women’s Day was honored in New York City. It was laid when a lot of debates happened among fellow citizens on inequality and oppression for women.

Women’s Day Year-wise Commemorations (2010 to 2022)

IWD 2010:

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) highlighted the difficulties faced by displaced women on International Women’s Day 2010. One of the most serious outcomes of today’s armed conflicts is population relocation.

IWD 2011: The 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day was held in over 100 countries on March 8, 2011. In the run-up to International Women’s Day 2011, the Red Cross urged governments and other organisations to continue their efforts to prevent rape and other forms of sexual assault, which take the lives and dignity of countless women every year globally.

IWD 2012: The ICRC during International Women’s Day 2012 asked people to commemorate by sending a free International Women’s Day eCard or celebrating a lady whose efforts had made an impact in the battle against hunger and poverty, remarkable women in their lives.

IWD 2013: The theme for International Women’s Day 2013 was “A promise is a promise: time for action to end violence against women. UNESCO stated that violence against girls was one of the major reasons for not attending school. Hence, they have subsequently collaborated with governments around the globe to support women’s rights in providing a quality education in a safe environment.

IWD 2014: Beyoncé, an American artist, also uploaded a video to her YouTube account in honor of International Women’s Day. Her song “Flawless,” which features a piece of novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” lecture, plays throughout the video.

IWD 2015: Governments and activists all across the globe marked the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark that established the framework for achieving women’s rights.

IWD 2016: “On the occasion of International Women’s Day, I send warm greetings and well wishes to the women of India and thank them for their efforts throughout the years in the construction of our nation,” stated India’s President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee. Adding up, on March 8, the ministry of women and child development announced the opening of four new one-stop crisis centers around the country, in addition to the eight that are currently operational.

IWD 2017: In a statement commemorating International Women’s Day, UN Secretary-General António Guterres says that the “reduction, restriction, and reversal” of women’s rights. He urged for change “by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard, and giving authority and the future of our planet”.

IWD 2018: “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists impacting women’s lives,” was the UN theme for International Women’s Day 2018. Global marches and online campaigns grew increasingly popular, allowing women from all over the world to face injustice and speak out about topics like sexual harassment and gender wage gap.

IWD 2019: “Think equaly, create smart, innovate for change,” was the UN’s theme for International Women’s Day. The subject focused on creative approaches to advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment, notably in the fields of social safety systems, public service access, and long-term infrastructure.

IWD 2020: “I Am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights” was the UN’s theme for International Women’s Day. The street marches were held in London, Paris, Madrid, Brussels, Moscow, and other European countries despite the COVID-19 epidemic.

IWD 2021: The United Nations’ theme for the 2021 International Women’s Day was “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World,” emphasizing the impact that girls and women had as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, and community organizers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IWD 2022: The United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day in 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow,” with the goal of highlighting the contributions of women and girls around the world who work in their communities to promote climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response in order to create a more sustainable future for everyone.

IWD 2023: In 2023, the UN marked International Women’s Day with the theme “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality.” The focus was on inclusive tech, digital education, and bridging the digital gender gap, echoing the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)-67’s priority. Global events spotlighted online violence, women’s rights in digital spheres, and the economic repercussions of excluding women from the digital realm.

IWD 2024: On International Women’s Day 2024, the UN will honor women and girls for their incredible strides towards equality. The theme, “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress,” highlights the importance of backing women’s initiatives, stopping violence against them, and promoting their involvement and leadership in areas like economies, technology, peace efforts, and environmental protection.

1. Washington DC Women’s Suffrage Parade – This march was held only by women on the 3rd of March 1913 for allowing women the right to vote. Thousands of women took part in this march and several others afterward and a major one again in 1915, following which women were granted the right to vote in the 19th amendment, 1920. Around 100 women from this march (1913) had to be hospitalized because the spectators unable to stand such a progressive idea had attacked them!happy womens day - suffrage parade

2. Icelandic Women’s Strike – Gender gap has always been a problem around the world and the women of Iceland had taken it upon themselves to protest against such gender bias in places of work and politics. Back then in 1975, women in Iceland were underrepresented in governmental roles and were underpaid in places of work. So, they decided to call it “Woman’s Day Off” on the 24th of October 1975 in order to make their importance noticeable to the society. 25,000 women took to the streets of Reykjavik and almost all of the women kept away from all kinds of work that day, be it at their workplace or home. There hasn’t been any immediate change, but they saw their first female president in 5 years. The pay gap exists till now, though.

3. New Delhi Mass Protests for Violence Against Women – Several marches and protests were held in New Delhi, on the 14th of February 2013 against women’s violence. This time, it was mainly held in protest of the brutal gang rape of a woman in the capital city of India. And the protests were held equally by both women and men when the city was filled with the chant “Wake up New Delhi and rise up against violence”. These marches were held as a protest against the Indian laws that fall short in addressing the atrocities meted out to women.

New Delhi Mass Protests for Violence Against Women

4. Protests against abortion ban in Poland – Poland introduced a ban on abortion and a prison sentence of 5 years for those who undergo an abortion. Women in Poland took part in a protest against this ban on the 3rd of October 2016, resulting in a backtracking and final rejection of the ban. They resumed the protests yet again with placards saying “My Body My Choice” when a new proposal banning abortion in the case of abnormalities and when there is no chance of the fetus surviving, was introduced.

Protests against abortion ban in Poland

5. Protests Against Compulsory Hijab in Iran – In 2022, the Iran Hijab Protest was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman, who was arrested for not wearing a hijab as required by law. Initially targeting the compulsory hijab rule and the morality police, it evolved to demand wider civil and political liberties. Despite government repression, the movement saw unprecedented acts of defiance, including public figures’ support and self-unveiling. Iranian women showcased resilience, with some resorting to cutting their hair in protest the oppressive dress code.

More on Happy Women’s Day

Not only the marches, but women have also taken to social media channels to express their thoughts, their ideologies of being independent and strong. Recently, the likes of Monali Thakur and Disha Patani were trolled by their – so called fans for their dressing style. Their answers to such comments have been strong enough to prove that the dressing sense of a woman can never be questioned. What needs to be questioned and changed is society and its thoughts.

The Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson faced a similar situation where critics opined that by posing in a revealing dress for the Vanity Fair magazine, she has betrayed her feminist ideals. She shot back at the critics with a strong message “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.” Way to go girl! There’s also been this latest social media campaign – #ShaveYourOpinion to support women and their choice of clothes, against the body shamers and people who judge women on the basis of their dressing. This campaign has sent out a strong message to all the body shamers – shave your opinion rather than make it!


Thanks for reading this post and once again, a Happy Women’s Day to all the women out there in advance.

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