International
Women’s Day

Why do we celebrate IWD? Discover the details with us!

¿Sabes por qué es tan importante celebrar el día internacional de la mujer el 8 de marzo? En esta edición del Magazine vamos a aprender su importancia y sabrás qué puedes hacer para participar. ¡Sigue leyendo para enterarte de todo!

March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD) which officially started in 1911. The movement can be traced back to late 19th century when there was a great deal of radical ideologies amongst the growing industrialised world. In 1908, 15,000 women protested in New York City demanding voting rights, fewer hours and better pay. This set in motion the chain of events that led to the 1910’s International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. There, a woman called Clara Zetkin who proposed the idea of IWD received unanimous approval.

100 years later, President Barack Obama announced March 2011 to be ‘Women’s History Month’; asking the world to “reflect on the extraordinary accomplishments of women in shaping the world’s history”.

More recently, the world has seen a move in the right direction with regards to society’s understanding and acknowledgement of women’s equality and emancipation, but we still have a long way to go.

We celebrate it because women have been, and still are, repressed and held back from being a part of society equal to men. Just last year the World Economic Forum predicted that parity won’t be completely achieved until year 2133. For this reason, we recognise this date globally to celebrate the achievements (cultural, economic, political and social) of women, and above all, it is a day to join in the fight for full gender equality.

If you’re asking yourself “what can I do?”, then take note: The #PledgeForParity campaign allows you to make a pledge and tell the world through social media what you aim to change. You can host an event to encourage gender equality by inviting a speaker to give a talk at your workplace or local event space. This will help stimulate the dialogue around you and get the ball rolling.

Additionally, this year-long campaign’s theme is “#BalanceforBetter” which symbolises the current lack of equal opportunity for women in the workplace. That means there needs to be more women in positions of power like governments and in boardrooms. There needs to be greater representation of women across media and every aspect of the world we all live in. Together we can show the world how important this issue is to us all. By using the hashtag and posing like the picture on social media, you can make International Women’s Day YOUR day and demonstrate your call-to-action.
Think globally and act locally!

For more information of how to get involved visit: https://www.internationalwomensday.com

 

To go back to its origin.

To start something.

Things someone has achieved.

Equality.

A set of activities to work towards a goal.

To not have.

A room where important decisions are made.

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