International Women’s Day is celebrated annually every 8th March. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements. Originally started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe. In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for people to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations still runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner.
The African woman has come a long way in a continent where customs often carry as much weight as constitutional laws, particularly in remote regions.Roughly three-quarters of women believe they should have the same rights as men rather than being subject to traditional law. Indeed, one of the greatest impact of the struggle in The Gambia is that women are not only more aware of their rights now but are also openly and courageously articulating that awareness.In the past years The Gambia has seen an increase in political commitment to the cause of women who are now more visible on the national stage than ever before. The legal frameworks are in place to ensure the respect, protection and realisation of their rights. Institutions and structures to ensure effective implementation of programmes and policies in favour of women are being strengthened. More is being done. Much more needs doing, especially on the socio-cultural, religious, political and economic fronts.
Wishing every woman all around the world a happy Womans Day ,celebrating womanhood !