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Happy International Women’s Day (IWD) from ADK! We all know women both in history around the globe and personally in our lives who have made great sacrifices and positive impacts.

IWD is a global holiday celebrating women’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements that is observed annually on March 8th. It’s also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, raising awareness about issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. So don this year’s colors of Purple (dignity and justice), green (hope) and white and show your support with arms crossed.

IWD initially grew out of the labor movement. Clara Zetkin, a communist activist and advocate of women’s rights, was the one who proposed the creation of an international day to celebrate women. She presented her proposal at an International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910, and the 100 women there, representing 17 countries, unanimously approved it. The UN officially recognized the day in 1975.

Every year, International Women’s Day is given a theme, which typically corresponds to current events, trends, and struggles. The United Nations 2022 theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. Whereas the theme the International Women’s Day website has chosen is ‘breaking the bias.’

Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

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