Happy International Women's Day! International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 every day, and it's 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 and for the United Nations, a way to further advance their 2030 agenda - which includes the important of 50-50 gender equality and the role of women in the changing world of work.
This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange, and the idea is to call on the masses and/or to call upon yourself (since after all, change starts from within) to help forge a better working world, one that's more inclusive and equal for all genders.
Want to learn more? There's a lot of great content and opportunities to learn about what you can do to effect change on IWD's website, including some fabulous videos. Like this one created by the DreamWorks Animation Television team about the need for support and gender parity in businesses around the world.
Or this one about beating the odds as a female South African pilot from Western Union.
Or this one from Vodafone on the role of women in the workforce.
A Short History Lesson
International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No single government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day.
In fact, the day is all about unity - and celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - on every level, from global to local. Interested in participating? Take the quiz and challenge yourself to #BeBoldForChange this year.