International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women .The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The day is marked annually to be celebrated on March 8th.
IWD is about women’s equality in all its forms. For some, IWD is about fighting for women’s rights. For others, IWD is about reinforcing key commitments, while for some IWD is about celebrating success. And for others, IWD means festive gatherings and parties. Whatever choices are made, all choices matter and all choices are welcome and acceptable. All choices of activity actively contribute to, and form part of, the thriving global movement focused on women’s advancement.
Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.
Are you in? Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it?
Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
DID YOU KNOW?
- International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911.
- Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.
- International Women’s Day is not country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for IWD. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.