The FEMM International Women’s Day 2020 event, scheduled for March 5, 2020, has been canceled. Because of coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament has announced that over the next three weeks, 130 events at Parliament’s headquarters, which should have been present for 6000 to 7000 participants, have been deleted.
The FEMM, in collaboration with the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, had planned to hold a meeting of the interparliamentary commission on the “25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and the platform of action” to celebrate International Women’s Day as an event. special, to return to reflect on progress made on gender equality and forward to anticipate future challenges.
The European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. While the EU is a global leader in gender equality and has made significant progress in recent decades, gender-based violence and stereotypes continue to persist: one in three women in the EU has experienced physical and / or sexual violence. Although more women graduate from university, they earn on average 16% less than men and only 8% of the CEOs of the largest EU companies are women.
After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day in New York City on February 28, 1909, German delegates Clara Zetkin, Käte Duncker and others proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference that “a special Women’s Day” be organized annually. After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the feminist movement in about 1967. The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1975.
Commemoration of International Women’s Day today ranges from being a public holiday in some countries to being largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.