Why do we celebrate International Women's Day?

Why do we celebrate International Women's Day?

International Women's Day (IWD), celebrated annually on March 8th, commemorates the remarkable achievements of women worldwide and advocates for gender equality. 

International Women's Day (IWD) originated from early 20th-century labour movements. It began with the International Women's Conference in 1910 when Clara Zetkin proposed an annual day to champion women's rights globally. The first official IWD was celebrated on March 19, 1911, gaining traction in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland. Over time, it evolved into a global phenomenon, commemorating women's achievements and advocating for gender equality on March 8th each year.

This global observance is not just a celebration, but also aims to prompt action to break down barriers hindering women's progress. By amplifying women's voices and shedding light on both their accomplishments and challenges we are able to acknowledge the incredible progress made. With that, we know there is a long way to go before we see true gender equality. 

Here are some easy ways to take action this International Women's Day to help further progress for women around the globe!

Donate to Women's Causes: Contribute to organizations that focus on women's rights, health, education, and empowerment. If you don't have cash to donate, volunteering can be equally impactful.

Celebrate Women in Your Life: Acknowledge and celebrate the women in your personal and professional circles by expressing appreciation for their contributions and achievements.

Support Women-Owned Businesses: Choose to support women-owned businesses to contribute to their economic empowerment. Support can range from purchasing their products and services or sharing your favourite women owned business with a friend. 

Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about women's history, achievements, and current issues. Understanding the struggles women face is crucial for fostering empathy and advocating for change.

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