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Let’s have a productive International Women’s Day

By B.DULGUUN

International Women’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s the time of year to raise awareness of the struggles women worldwide are facing, a call to action for accelerating gender parity, and a time to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements that women have made so far.
The celebration is globally observed on March 8 in various forms. Some countries celebrate it as a national holiday, while others celebrate it as a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In Mongolia, International Women’s Day is commonly known as “March 8” or “Women’s Day” and celebrated as a national holiday to show appreciation and respect for the women in our lives.
Although the media refers to it as the “Day to Protect Women’s Rights”, it seems that most Mongolians have forgotten – or simply overlook – the real significance and objective of this day. Young children in Mongolia know March 8 as a day to make their mothers and grandmothers happy, while adults use this opportunity to take a break from work and relax at home. Enjoying the day with a movie, a play or a comedy act isn’t a bad choice, but shouldn’t we be spending International Women’s Day more productively?
International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labor movements by women in North America and across Europein early 20th century.In 1908, 15,000 women from the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union marched through New York City, demanding shorter hours, better pay, and the right to vote. In remembrance of this, the Socialist Party of America organized the first observance of International Women’s Day in New York,on February 28, 1909.After that, many women-led strikes, marches, and other protests took place across Europe, and soon, March 8 became the official day of observance for women’s rights.
International Women’s Day holds a strong meaning. It’s true that the world has seen incredible improvements in terms of women’s equality and emancipation since the early 20th century, but the struggle for women’s right and equality isn’t over.

Discrimination between men and women is still present in today’s world. There are women who suffer from violence, women who don’t get paid as much as their male counterparts, and women who are obstructed from joining society and voicing their opinions. International Women’s Day is the only day of the year when people around the world collectively address these challenges and find solutions together.
I would recommend that both men and women participate in Women’s Day conferences, or watch videos on gender equality and get a better understanding about the issues facing women, rather than idling at home or meaninglessly partying the day away. Participation from both men and women is essential to building gender equality. Society can’t change for women without men’s participation. All efforts made by women mean nothing if men don’t respect or value the opinions and rights of women, their mothers, sisters, grandmothers, daughters, girlfriends, and female colleagues. So men, don’t feel too left out on this day.
The United Nations announced its 2016 theme for International Women’s Day, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”. Let’s ponder this topic for a while and spend this year’s International Women’s Day more productively.
You don’t have to attend a meeting or conference on March 8, just share your opinions with friends and family, on social media, and let the world know that another person is fighting gender-based discrimination and inequality. Your participation will contribute to creating a better, safer, and more equal environment for the women in your life, as well as girls around the world and those yet to be born.

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