International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. It commemorates the movement for women's rights. International Women's Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900's - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. International Women's Day is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender parity. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women's network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women's Day. Many organizations declare an annual IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, and some of these are adopted more widely with relevance than others.
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continue's to grow from strength to strength.
The theme for International Women's Day 2017 is "Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030". This year we are promoting the theme #BeBoldForChange.
Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
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.
We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange this IWD 2017 and beyond?
In a message in support of International Women's Day, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres commented on how women's rights were being "reduced, restricted and reversed". With men still in leadership positions and a widening economic gender gap, he called for change "by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world".
"You can be afraid at times but do it anyway. What is important is the action. Don't wait for confidence just do if, confidence will eventually follow." - Felicia Monjeza | Care4Girls Member
No life could be more satisfying than a life enjoyed by a woman after his own dream. A woman who is able to speak her mind." - Carolyn Phiri | Care4Girls LUANAR Coordinator.
"There is no limit to what women and girls can do! Learn to embrace who you are and have courage to DO. Free yourself to the possibility of doing great things!" - Glory Muva | Care4Girls Chairlady
#BeBoldForChange #IWD2017 #NotCaged #Care4Girls #TeamMaestros