Each year around the globe, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women world wide. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality.
"[International Women's Day] is a great opportunity to reflect on our successes and the struggles that remain to achieve gender equality."
- Barbara Williams, President of UN Women National Committee Aotearoa New Zealand
The UN Women theme for IWD 2018 is "Achieve gender equality and empower rural women and girls". Their focus is on accelerating the 2030 agenda, and building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. It will equally focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step it up initiative and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
Want to get involved? Find a 2018 International Women’s Day event in your area: