International Womens Day

International Womens day

The theme of International Women’s Day 2015 is encouraging women around the world to MAKE IT HAPPEN. It offers an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while constantly and consciously working towards greater gender equality. The aim of encouraging women to Make It Happen is to inspire action for advancing and recognizing women.

What is the purpose of International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is celebrated to encourage further development and growth of women in professional environments as well as inspire the journey towards absolute gender equality in both developed and developing countries.

The 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals is around the corner and as a result, international Women’s Day is also an opportunity to review the challenges and achievements in the MDG implementation for women and girls.

The History of the International Womens Day

Though the first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, the United Nations only began celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March during International Women’s Year 1975. Two years after, in December of 1977, the General Assembly proclaimed that United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace has to be observed on any day of the year by the Member States in conjunction with their historical and national traditions.

There are thousands of events to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women. An enormous variety of organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and media channels place emphasis on the celebration of the day.

Activities of the labour movement marked the initial emergence of the day, Since the earliest years International Women’s Day has grown to adopt a new global dimension for women across the world, the international movement, supported by four global UN women’s conferences has inspired support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.

Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

How Can You Become Involved in International Womens day

International Women’s Day should be regarded less as a “one day a year” time for celebration, and more seen as something to be honoured and celebrated on a daily basis. Making a difference means you should think globally but act locally. Do your part to ensure a bright future for women and girls across the world!

Some of the easiest and awesome ways of getting involved in International Women’s day includes:

Support International Women’s Day ONLINE
Use your voice via social media:
– #MakeItHappen
– #womensday
– #IWD2015
– #internationalwomensday
– #PaintItPurple
– And watch out for even more #hashtag activism from loads of great groups all around the world

Interact with womensday on:
– Twitter
– Facebook
– Youtube
– LinkedIn
– Pinterest

Lend your support:
– Retweet and share content
– Display the International Women’s Day on your website or blog
– Donate to your favourite womens charity
– Paint It Purple – your website, blog, emails for the day
– Insert the IWD logo in your email signature block for the day
– Support a female-focused crowd-funding initiative
– Make and upload a video
– Run a webinar
– Support International Women’s Day OFFLINE
– Run an event celebrating women to raise awareness for gender equality
– Participate in local activities and campaigns
– Paint it purple – your building, canteen, playground, wear purple clothing
– Do a media interview
– Create images or film

Whatever you do – celebrate women, call for equality – and ‘Make it happen’

[box] Written by: Ryette Dempsey

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