Nelly Bassily | March 3, 2014
Women have made positive gains, but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.
Each year, International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first IWD was held in 1911. Thousands of events mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organizations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. Why not join in?
Some groups select their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context. Why not choose your own theme? You can promote your event here: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/events.asp#.UwMIbvmSxyN
Many resources are available through the International Women’s Day website: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/resources.asp#.UwMIdPmSxyN
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, call for further change, and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in their countries and communities.
More information on IWD will be available on the UN Women website. The organization’s theme for IWD is “Equality for women is progress for all.” You can find their IWD page at this address: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-womens-day
We invite you to look back at the stories and resources in our recent issues on IWD: 2013- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-237/; 2012- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-191/, and 2011- http://weekly.farmradio.org/topic/issue-147/