International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

Every year on the 8th of March the world celebrates the International Women’s Day (IWD), whose main aim is the movement for women’s rights.

The idea of creating an International Women’s Day, came in 1909 after the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day in New York which was on February 28, 1909.

Right after, German delegates Clara Zetkin, Kate Duncker, Paula Thiede, and others proposed at the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference “a special Women’s Day” which will be organized annually.

The United Nations began celebrating the day in 1977.

Today, International Women’s Day is being a public holiday in some countries and it is largely ignored elsewhere.  In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood

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 gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women’s achievements
  • raise awareness about women’s equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • fundraise for female-focused charities

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let’s all #ChooseToChallenge!

International Women’s Day is not a country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist explained: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”  

So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.