International Women’s Day 2023 in Asia Pacific: what you need to know
International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated globally each year on March 8 to recognize women’s achievements worldwide and the obstacles that still hinder their growth.
The Asia Pacific region faces socio-cultural challenges such as domestic violence, child marriage, and discrimination.
According to a 2018 report by World Economic Forum, between 15 to 68 percent of women in the region have experienced domestic violence at the hands of their partner.
In addition, child marriage and teen pregnancy inhibit their growth, causing them to drop out of school and miss out on the workforce.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also widened the gender gap in online education and remote working.
The theme for the global International Women’s Day 2023 is ‘#DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality,’ encouraging gender equality in the digital world.
The Asia-Pacific IWD event will promote innovation and technology at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Women’s rights organizations are active contributors to the fight for gender equality, and donations can support their efforts.
Celebrating IWD acknowledges women’s integral role in humanitarian and societal progress and promotes equal opportunities.
People can participate in festivals, marches, and virtual gatherings, read feminist literature, commemorate women activists and leaders using social media, and support women’s rights organizations.