What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated around the world since 1908, usually around the 8th March, as a dedication to honouring achievements of women around the world, from social, cultural and political achievements. As well as raising awareness of the gender inequality still evidenced around the world.
However, International Women’s Day is not down to one organisation. There are many groups around the world that embrace the opportunity to have a day to recognise the contribution of women, and to advocate change.
As celebration of this day, organisations, such as the cast and production team of Emmerdale, are getting together to cast and produce the first ever all women episode.
The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1908, when 15,000 women marched through New York City, in a bid for voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay.
In 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women, Clara Zetkin, who was a member of Germany’s Social Democratic Party, put forward a suggestion to have an international women’s day, which would be observed in every country.
All 17 countries present agreed, and was officially celebrated on 19th March. In 1913, the date was moved to 8th March.
Each year there is a different theme, this year the theme is #BalanceforBetter.
‘This acknowledges that equality, both socially and economically is essential for countries to thrive and aims to promote gender balance within government, media coverage, business, the boardroom and wealth.’ – International Women’s Day website
Contrary to belief, there is also an International Men’s Day!
International Men’s Day takes place on November 19th each year and its objectives include promoting positive male role models and gender equality, celebrating men’s positive contributions to society with a focus on men’s health and wellbeing, as well as celebrating their positive achievements and contributions!
To find out further information, or how you can take part in International Women’s Day, see their website.