International Women's Day
“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
Each year International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This is the time to uphold women’s achievements, recognize challenges, and focus greater attention on women’s rights and gender equality to mobilize all people to do their part.
Bengal Institute of Technology proudly hosts an event in celebration of International Women’s Day every year by recognizing the academic excellence of female students and valuable contributions by female teachers. The event is organized with the help of students and faculty members.
The day begins with the Candle Lighting Ceremony celebrating womanhood in memory of all women who stood up for their rights and helped us comprehend the importance of egalitarian values. Then students and staff members are welcomed to carve in inspirational messages about what it means to be a woman to them and why there needs to be a celebration for women’s day.
Students also prepare presentations, skits and other activities to cherish womanhood and societal equity. Many social concerns revolving around women are highlighted in order to create more awareness.
It is followed by the Award Ceremony where the remarkable feats by female students and teachers are honoured by presenting them with small tokens of appreciation.
The day is wrapped up with a final speech by the organizers who in a few words express their joy and anticipation in preparation of the day. Chocolates are distributed to everyone to appreciate their support and encouragement in making the day such a success.