March 8 marks International Women’s Day (IWD) and this year takes the theme of #EachforEqual.
A celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and the global event has taken place annually for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.
Though it first began in New York City the day is not country, group or organisation specific – and belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.
Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”
It’s about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.
Explaining this year’s theme the website explains: “An equal world is an enabled world.Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
“We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
“Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.
Let’s all be #EachforEqual.”
It continues: “Equality is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue.
Gender equality is essential for economies and communities to thrive.
“A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier and more harmonious – so what’s not great about that?
“The race is on for the gender equal boardroom, a gender equal government, gender equal media coverage, gender equal workplaces, gender equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth … so let’s make it happen. Let’s be #EachforEqual.”