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Women's Day: Reflections on the Beijing Conference

  • Women's Day: Reflections on the Beijing Conference
  • Mar 04, 2020
  • Kisenga Hall, LAPF Tower - Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam
  • By LHRC

Women's Day: Reflections on the Beijing Conference

09:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Women's Day 

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. The day originated after the Socialist Party of America organized a Women's Day on February 28, 1909, in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Woman's Conference suggested a Women's Day be held 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 in 1975 by the United Nations. Women demanded that they are given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. 

The United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day in the International Women's Year, 1975. In 1977, the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women's rights and world peace.

Today, International Women's Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

Beijing Conference 

Beijing Conference is The Fourth World Conference on Women which aimed for Action for Equality, Development and Peace. The Conference came up with a Beijing declaration which set principles concerning the equality of men and women. The Conference also came up with actions and strategic objective on Women and poverty diagnosis, Education and training of women diagnosis, Women and health diagnosis, Violence against women diagnosis, Women and armed conflict diagnosis, Women and the economy diagnosis, Women in power and decision-making diagnosis, Human Rights of women diagnosis, Women and the media diagnosis, Women and the environment diagnosis, the girl-child diagnosis and the Beijing Declaration of Indigenous Women.

In this year the women’s day focuses on the campaign on Beijing 25+ which reflects 25 years after the Beijing Conference.

This year’s theme is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights”. The theme is aligned with UN Women's new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platforms for Action. The local theme is “Equality generation for current and future development”. 

LHRC has organized a reflection meeting which will bring women who participated in the Beijing conference to share their experience and the contribution that the conference has had in a move to advance women's rights in Tanzania. The session which is scheduled to take place at Kisenga Hall, LAPF Tower in Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam is also expected to be a forum for women rights stakeholders to issue necessary recommendations for the improvement of women rights in the country. 

Some of the key speakers are Anne Makinda, the former speaker of the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania; Amb. Gertrude Mongela and Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba, the former Executive Director of LHRC. 


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