Women are the backbone of our society; where would we be without our Mothers, Nanna’s, Aunts, big sisters, step Mums, the women who are ‘just-like-a-Mum’ and the millions of other inspiring women around the world? Although we have just celebrated Mothers Day, women can often be overlooked, underestimated and taken for granted all too easily. One thing is for sure – without women, our world would not be the same!
Aimed at celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women, International Women’s Day also seeks to confront a range of issues faced by women. Observed every year on the 8th March since 1977, International Women’s Day is now backed by EY, BP, Accenture and AECOM to name but a few.
Every year the day aims to acknowledge a different area of injustice against women; through the years we have seen International Women’s Day recognising ‘Women in Decision-making’, ‘World Free of Violence Against Women’, ‘Investing in Women and Girls’, ‘Empower Rural Women’, ‘End Poverty and Hunger’ and ‘Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!’ This year it will focus on increasing gender parity in our modern society, ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’.
We can all do our bit to help achieve gender parity throughout society; whether through empowerment, support or inclusion, we can instigate change towards equal respect, leadership, pay and career opportunities.
If you’d like to join in the celebrations, head on over to the IWD website, where you’ll find this year’s videos and local events near you. You can even share your celebrations, download #PledgeForParity selfie cards to share across your social media accounts and donate to your chosen female-focussed charity.