Empower a woman, empower a nation. Come together on 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Femme power continues to make headlines following the worldwide Women’s March in January. And, come Wednesday 8 March, women will again come together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).
The UN describes it as a “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women.” Itis a day to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development; a day to unite, to network and to mobilise meaningful change. It is also a day of hope, of love and where many wear one of the suffragette’s colours, purple.
Under the banner of IWD, the UN’s goals are to:
- Expand women’s leadership and participation
- End violence against women
- Enhance women’s economic empowerment
- Strengthen the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda
- Make gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning and budgeting.
IWD finds it roots in New York in the early 1900s, but it was in August 1910 that an International Women’s Conference was organised. There, delegates – 100 women from 17 different countries – came together to call 8 March as the day to promote equal rights between men and women and to secure women’s suffrage.
Supporters of IWD believe if you empower a woman, you empower a nation. Attending an event shows your support and donation helps the UN continue to work to transform the lives of women and girls, and in turn, the future of their nations.