by Heather Joy
International Women’s Day is annually celebrated on the 8th March to recognise the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900’s, the original goal to obtain full gender equality for women around the world has still not been achieved. Recent media coverage attests that gender pay gaps still exist and figures show that men still dominate in both business and politics. In addition, global statistics demonstrate that women’s education and health is also lagging behind that of men.
For International Women’s Day 2018 the theme is #PressForProgress. Inspired by the growing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the theme’s aim is to encourage the vocal fight and increasing global crusade of activism and advocacy surrounding sexism, in addition to highlighting the call to accelerate gender parity.
Women are being honoured locally and around the world with talks, arts performances, networking events, conferences and marches, with corporations, charities, governments and women’s organisations celebrating and promoting the shared responsibility to achieve success.
However, if you wish support in a ‘quieter’ way wear purple. The internationally recognised colour symbolising women is purple, with the combination of purple, green and white historically representing women’s equality.
To find out about all IWD events for 2018, visit the IWD website which lists all registered activities. www.internationalwomensday.com