“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” -Gloria Steinem

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women’s right. Observed since 1909, it is a global celebration of respect, appreciation and recognition of women, while continuing to call for greater equality.  The focus this year is on Parity.

School of Law, The NorthCap University with the support of District Legal Services Authority, Gurugram, on 8th March 2018 initiated to celebrate this day in an elaborate manner and aimed to create awareness relating to the women centric issues that are faced by women worldwide.Empowerment is an important word which we all believe in and the first step in empowerment is taking control of your own health, respecting yourself and understanding and celebrating the value you bring to your family and society. Empowerment is not a gift of society; it is a gift you give yourself.

The NorthCap University conducted the International Women’s Day March and Rally on Thursday, 8th March of 2018. The theme of the programme was “Up, we rise- A walk for gender equality”, which drew attention to the many ways that gender equality appears to slipping, particularly in the area of health, economics, representation and safety. The programme began at 9 am with the arrival of the guests. Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach (Former Captain of the Indian Women’s Hockey Team) was the Chief Guest of the programme, and Mr Mohsen Baharvand (Deputy Secretary General of Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization) was invited as the Guest of Honour. The inaugural programme started with the lighting of the lamp and saraswati vandana. Col. Bikram Mohanty (Retd.), Registrar of the NorthCap University gave the welcome address and that was followed by the speech of Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach. She enlightened the young crowd with her struggling past in the childhood and how she strived to become a successful sportsperson. Mr Mohsen Baharvand explained the importance of the word “equality” in gender related issues focusing on the International perspective. The most awaited part of the whole inaugural programme was the nukkad natak choreographed by the students of the school of law with dedication and spirit. The nukkad natak highlighted lot of women centric issues receiving lot of appreciation from the young audience. The programme ended with a vote of thanks by the Head of the Department, Dr Kanu Priya followed by a salute to the nation by singing National Anthem with enthusiasm. The start of the march was embarked by the cutting of the ribbon by our Chief Guest Ms. Pritam Rani Siwach.

The students tried their best to spread awareness to the general people explaining about the concepts of women equality and empowerment. Slogans were raised, banners and posters depicting gender equality, plights of rural women were carried by all the students throughout the march. Issues relating to women in Indian society were highlighted through the performance of skit in a public area. The safety measures were maintained throughout by the Gurugram police officials and security representatives of the university. The pamphlets which were given by the National Commission for Women, New Delhi, India were distributed to the people on the road. The awareness walk proved to be a great success.

Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.