Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday marked International Women's Day by "saluting" the "spirit of Nari Shakti","Saluting the indomitable spirit, determination and dedication of Nari Shakti on International Women's Day,”. He mentioned that through its various initiatives, the central government seeks to facilitate economic empowerment, self-reliance and social equality of the women.
Celebrated every year on March 8, International Women’s Day was earlier known as the International Working Women’s Day. This day is celebrated as a salute to all the women from every economic and political background for their love, patience and hard work. It was celebrated for the very first time in 1909 as a social event in the city of New York. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’ as given by the United Nations. This theme in itself, empowers women through every sphere of their lives.
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”.