Google, a popular multinational search online engine, has created a doodle to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), which is celebrated annually on 8 March.
The day, which the United Nations began celebrating in 1977, is a focal point in the movement for women’s rights globally.
Although the earliest observance of a “Women’s Day” called the “National Woman’s Day,” was held on February 28, 1909, in New York City, the present celebration was adopted on March 8, 1917, after the day became a national holiday in the old Soviet Union after women gained suffrage.
Google is known since 1998 for producing doodles – spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo – to commemorate special days, anniversaries and notable historical figures.
The doodle was created by artists Julie Wilkinson and Joyanne Horscrof, and animated by Marion Willam and Daphne Abderhalden. It includes a layer for women around the world in the late 1800s, as well as in the 1930s during labour movements.
There is a second layer for women from the 1950s to the 1980s, which a Google representative calls “a landmark era in the wake of pushes for gender equality and rapid changes to the status quo”.
Finally, the doodle’s outer layer represents women from the 1990s to today, acknowledging 100 years of women’s rights movements.
The IWD is commemorated as a public holiday in some countries, while in some other countries it is a day of protest demanding the protection and entrenchment of women’s rights.
This year’s IWD, which has as its theme: ‘I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights’ and has as its hashtag: #EachForEqual, emphasises on making the world a gender-equal balanced place.
The day was marked with marches across the world to raise awareness of discrimination against women.
Protests have been widespread and well-attended despite concerns about the coronavirus.
Events held in Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Spain and at the Turkish border with Greece, where there have been fierce clashes between migrants and Greek border security as migrants seek access to the European Union.
Earlier, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, made a surprise visit Friday to a high school in Dagenham, East London, to speak about gender parity ahead of the day’s celebration.