Every year on March 8th women and men around the world celebrate International Women’s Day. This day offers us an opportunity to pause, reflect, and celebrate the great strides and achievements made by women, while renewing our efforts to continue to work for women’s equality, justice and peace.
The idea of having a Women’s Day began in the early 1900’s as a response to the rapid changes and deteriorating conditions that were occurring in women’s lives as a result of industrialization. The United States first recognized International Women’s Day in 1909, with Europe following a few years later. The United Nations officially marked the day in 1975, with Canada following shortly afterwards to recognize March 8th as International Women’s Day.
Today, celebrations are held around the world to mark this day as schools, businesses, governments, organizations, and individuals come together in support of women and gender equality.
Whether it’s making sure that women get equal pay for equal work, speaking out about violence against women, encouraging more women to enter the political sphere/leadership roles, educating young girls and boys about sexism, heterosexism, racism or other discriminatory behaviour, International Women’s Day presents an opportunity to start – or continue the conversation about gender roles and gender equality.
Not sure how to celebrate this International Women’s Day on March 8th? Click here for a toolkit that provides a step-by-step guide on how you can hold a fundraising event benefitting Nellie’s. Celebrate the achievements of women and a commitment to a future where everyone has a change to thrive and prosper in peace and equality.