International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
International Women’s Day takes place on 8 March 2020. This year’s campaign, #EachForEqual, draws attention to the difference individuals can make. Western Europe currently has the highest gender parity rating at 76.7%. Complete gender equality may not be achieved for another century. “An equal world is an enabled world” – and every one of us can do our bit to bring about gender equality.
The #EachForEqual campaign has become a symbol of the movement, which extends far beyond 8 March, with activities running all year long. The idea is to reinforce and galvanize collective action, holding events and talks that urge us all to share responsibility and play our part.
The campaign highlights six key areas:
1. Championing women forging tech innovation
2. Applauding equality for women athletes
3. Forging inclusive workplaces so women thrive
4. Supporting women to earn on their own terms
5. Empowering women through health education
6. Increasing visibility for female creatives
To celebrate this year’s specific theme for International Women’s Day, you can also strike the #EachforEqual pose — and if you want to help spread the word about this important celebration, don’t forget to share your pledges and messages on social media using the hashtag #IWD2020.