March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022. This year, the campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. Find out how the world is celebrating this momentous day and the importance of this year’s theme.
The theme is defined by the official International Women’s Day website as follows:
“Imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”
The theme calls for all to break the bias in communities, workplaces, schools, colleges, and universities.
To show individuals’ solidarity with the campaign, the IWD 2022 created the #BreakTheBias pose. On social media, many share their images and videos doing the pose to show their support for women all over the globe.
Below are posts from WhatALife team’s official Twitter account to commemorate the event.
Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day? The History of IWD
Since 1911, International Women’s Day has been celebrated. It was first observed in European countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Austria on March 19, 1911. The event came into existence when Clara Zetkin (a German feminist, socialist, communist leader, and advocate for women’s rights) initiated the idea of the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The International Women’s Day website marks the day to celebrate the global “global “social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.”
Then and now, celebrations may include rallies and events that call for women’s rights and the end of gender discrimination.
The date was moved to March 8 permanently in 1914, so it is in line with Russian women who celebrated in February on the Gregorian Calendar.
Later, in 1975, the United Nations first recognized International Women’s Day.
How do you celebrate International Women’s Day?
IWD hosts various events. In addition, both the public and the private sectors head these events. You may find digital events that you can attend from all parts of the globe. Or, there are also in-person meetings in your area.
Besides attending events, individuals may also commemorate this day by traditionally wearing purple. However, according to the website, IWD also use the green and white colors. These colors can be tied back to the early 1900s, during the United Kingdom’s Women’s Social and Political Union.
How the is Philippines celebrating International Women’s Day 2022
Through Republic Act 6949, signed by former President Cory Aquino, March 8 became the National Women’s Day in the Philippines and was declared a special working holiday.
The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) heads the celebration and observance of IWD in the country. The organization is also heading the National Women’s Month Celebration with the theme: “WE Make CHANGE Work for Women.”
It is a 6-year theme that “poses a statement and a question: Did WE Make CHANGE Work for Women? How and to what extent? With this theme, stakeholders can gauge the changes implemented towards GEWE, pursuant to laws on women, particularly the Magna Carta of Women.”
Find out more on the PCW 2022 National Women’s Month Celebration official website.
The WhatALife team would like to greet all the women all over the globe on this special occasion – Happy International Women’s Day to those who are breaking the bias and making way for a better world for all women! – WhatALife!