- 8th March 2017
Today is International Women's Day, this years campaign is #BeBoldForChange. Each year organisations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign and committed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. IWD can be an important catalyst for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.
By taking bold action and, #BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond drives the greatest change for women.
International Women's Day means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear.
Started in the early 1900's, by the Suffragettes who decided to start action for equality. It was the Suffragettes who started International Women's Day, with the first officially named "International Women's Day" event held in 1911.
International Women's Day continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for gender equality, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women.
The ten International Women's Day values are:
There are many ways you can take part in IWD.
1. Make a pledge for parity.
This involves going to the IWD website and pledging to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; call for gender-balanced leadership and create flexible cultures.
2. Join one of the many events happening around the world.
The IWD website shows where events are happening in countries and towns.
For instance, there are major festivals taking place - including the global HeForShe Arts Week, run by UN Women as part of Emma Watson's gender inclusivity campaign.
3. Go to Southbank's Women of the World festival
This takes place in London from March 8-13 to celebrate IWD with a series of events.