International Women’s Day is here and the theme for this year is ‘Balance for Better’. Women’s day is celebrated on March 8 every year as a dedication to women of the world, their contributions and achievements.

Balance for Better is an initiative which looks at gender equality mainly and creating a greater awareness of discrimination. The need of the hour is a balance between men and women and making sure there is equal pay, equal work, and responsibilities.

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All about International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day was initially celebrated on March 19, the first time in the year 1911. A million women and men rallied in support of women’s rights on that first International Women’s Day. The idea came about looking at America’s National Women’s Day, declared by the Socialist Party of America.

The following year, the Socialist International met a delegation in Denmark and approved the idea of an International Women’s Day. Thereafter the first International Women’s Day or International Working Women’s Day was celebrated in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria with marches, demonstration, and rallies.

The focus is on gender equality and on women-centric developments along with women empowerment. The day has come to be increasingly associated with feminism and equal rights for all. Every year, a theme is picked to celebrate this day. This year, it is “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”.

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