Dhaka, 8 March 2022 (TDI): Srilanka, Ukraine, and NATO officials talked about Women’s Empowerment on International Women’s Day 2022.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, took to Twitter to share his thoughts on International Women’s Day. In his tweet, he mentioned the theme “She: the Country, the Nation and the World”. Moreover, he invited the world towards a future of empowered women, where women can be the best versions of themselves to develop.

Ukraine’s Empowered Women:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine shared stats of the latest survey, which shows that more than 15% of the regular Ukrainian Army is made of women. Moreover, the number of women defending the country amidst the crisis is now innumerable.

Ukraine’s Embassy in Ireland also took part in the Women’s Day celebration and sent a message to the world that the female ambassadors posted in Ireland stand with “heroic women of Ukraine”.

NATO’s on Women’s Day:

North Atlantic Treaty Organization, on their Twitter account, maintained that every woman and girl has the right to live freely. The tweet also mentioned the resilience of Ukrainian women and that their strength and bravery are “symbolic of the spirit of their nation”.

International Women’s Day (IWD): An Overview

International Women’s Day is a global holiday observed every year on March 8 to celebrate women’s political, cultural, and socioeconomic achievements worldwide. It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on March 19, 1911, following the agreement at the Copenhagen conference. In comparison, Russia celebrated its first International Women’s Day two years later, on February 23, 1913.

According to UNESCO, “The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States on February 28 1909. The Socialist Party of America dedicated in honour of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York where women protested against harsh working conditions.