International Women’s Day, 8th March 2017

Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith


Wednesday 8th March 2017 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity” (IWD website).


Today is not only an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women in your own life and around the world, but to educate yourself on issues affecting women in 2017, and to find out what action you can take to help make gender parity a reality. Here are a few websites offering some great information and resources.


International Women’s Day Website

The IWD campaign theme for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange, and encourages people to take bold action for women’s advancement and gender parity this IWD.
The website also provides a lot of useful information about the history and purpose of IWD. For more information, click here.


United Nations

The United Nations’ 2017 theme for IWD is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” The theme focuses on the changing world of work and the opportunities and challenges this has presented to women the world over, as well as the implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (UN website). Access the UN IWD webpage here.


UN Women:

The UN Women website provides valuable resources for IWD, including videos, photo essays and infographics, focused on the theme of “Women in the Changing World of Work.” UN Women is the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and works for (among other issues):
  • elimination of discrimination against women and girls;
  • empowerment of women; and
  • achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security (UN Women)
For more information about the valuable work of UN Women, head to



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) theme for IWD 2017 is “Women and art” and focuses on gender equality and the arts. The UNESCO IWD page has plenty of great information about IWD, women in the arts and what action UNESCO is currently taking to further gender equality. Check it out here.




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