Today, 8th March 2016, is International Women’s Day (IWD), a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women,” which has been observed since the early 1900s (IWD website).
This day also importantly marks a call for gender parity, which, according to the World Economic Forum in 2015, is not predicted to be achieved until 2133.
There are plenty of ways that you can celebrate women and their achievements, as well as educate yourself and take action on important issues, this International Women’s Day. Here’s just a few:
International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity:
Everyone – men and women – can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly – whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity…
…Globally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action – and with men and women joining forces – we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over.
Make your own pledge for parity today:
UN Women – Step It Up for Gender Equality:
“Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality” asks governments to make national commitments to address the challenges that are holding women and girls back from reaching their full potential.
Step It Up comes at a critical moment in time. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a comprehensive roadmap for the future of people and planet. Empowering women and girls is central to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Passing new laws or strengthening existing ones is one way to Step It Up. Other actions might include creating programmes to eradicate violence against women and girls, encouraging women’s participation in decision-making, investing in national action plans or policies for gender equality, creating public education campaigns to promote gender equality, and many more.
Everyone has a role to play to make gender equality a lived reality by 2030.
More information from UN Women on International Women’s Day:
ARTICLE: 20 inspiring black women who have changed Australia (National Indigenous Television)
To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, NITV has put together a list of 20 trailblazing Indigenous women who have changed Australia.
ARTICLE: International Women’s Day: Recognising the strength and capacity of refugee women (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Women and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population across the world.
On International Women’s day, it is important to remember that some of the most vulnerable, yet resilient, women in our society are newly arrived refugees.
List of campaigns helping make gender equality and the UN Global Goals a reality
2016 is the year for Global Girls.
Tuesday 8th March is International Women’s Day
This #IWD2016 Take Action for Girls and Women Everywhere with @TheGlobalGoals
Join in and take action with one of these campaigns to help make the Global Goals a reality.