Islamabad, 8 March 2023 (TDI): Embracing Equity is the theme of this year for celebrating International Women’s Day and to shout out to all the activists and gender champions to be high on gender equity and equality at all levels.

Every year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the globe to endorse and acknowledge the achievement of women in social, economic, cultural, societal, and political spheres.

The celebration of IWD started in 1911 and now it has become a global movement at all levels. The theme of this year is very significant as it stresses more on providing opportunities to everyone according to their needs and aspirations.

As there is a high need to focus on equal opportunities and it is imperative to take equitable actions at all levels so people get things according to their needs and circumstances.

This concept is explained in the given example, “Equality is giving everyone a shoe and equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits”.

International Women’s Day became a moment of pride for all women around the globe. All the international organizations, UN agencies, and the government celebrate this day at a massive level.

For the last 5 years, the women in Pakistan also celebrate this day in the form of a coalition named Aurat Azadi March and chant their slogan for fundamental rights and challenging the patriarchal system at all levels.

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Ms. Zartasha Niazi is Communication, Advocacy, and Media expert who working with development and humanitarian both national and international organizations for the last 13 years. Her areas of expertise include designing and developing robust communications strategies including positioning of social media, storytelling, and filmmaking on both humanitarian and development issues and advocating for the rights of women and marginalized segments of society. During her services to CARE International in Pakistan, she awarded with "Best Communicator Award" from CARE Global. She is currently leading the Action for Impact. Started her career in 2008, She has traveled to Switzerland, and represented Pakistan at United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland several times to advocate and communicate the rights of the marginalized. Through her innovative approach, she initiated various campaigns in different organizations on Gender Equality, Maternal Reproductive Health, and WASH. In addition, she is associated with National Youth Assembly, Women Democratic Front, and Every Women Treaty. Her poetic blog book “Words of Wisdom” was recently published, in which she tried to come up with inspirational quotes and poetry for women's empowerment, humanity, and peace. Her other publications include articles on women empowerment and climate change, Policy Monitor on the implementation of 18th Constitutional Amendment, Human Rights Report 2009 Jammu & Kashmir, FAFEN Fortnightly Newsletter, CARE Quarterly Newsletter, Pakistan Humanitarian Forum weekly bulletin, quarterly newsletter, and monthly reports, Infographics to Eradicate Poverty, Documentaries on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health, and several research briefs.