This year’s International Women’s Day, March 8th, celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. People seeking to participate can pledge their support on International Women’s Day website, join the “A Day Without A Woman” strike, #PledgeForParity, wear red, go to an IWD event or take part in the #GrabYourWallet campaign.
International Women’s Day has a great history of success. In 1975 the Icelandic Women’s Strike set the foundation for the election of Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, the first female president in the world. Celebrated across the world, International Women’s Day is a great way to make a tangible change in communities everywhere.
“For International Women's Day 2017, we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world— a more inclusive, gender equal world,” says the IWD website.
So why is it important to ‘be bold for change’? According to IWD “Each one of us — with women, men and non-binary people joining forces — can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over.”
UN Women will be organizing events in 50 countries worldwide to commemorate Women’s Day. This year’s theme will be “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.” Such a bold goal will require engagement and support from both women and allies, not only on Women’s Day but as we look forward.
In light of The World Economic Forum’s projections that it will take another 170 years to achieve full gender parity, women’s organizations are taking this year’s International Women’s Day especially seriously. It will take the collective commitments of both women and allies to #BeBoldForChange and push the clock forward.