Sunday, March 8, 2015

International Women’s Day - 8th March

A Telugu Film Producer in Mood of Happiness
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About the Day

Putting women and women’s rights to equality on the global agenda is the moving force behind International Women’s Day.  The idea of a day for women, celebrated all over the world, began at the beginning of this century in America and Europe.  The focus was the movement for women’s rights and achieving universal suffrage for women.  International Women’s Day really took hold between 1913 and 1917 when women held rallies either to protest the war or to express solidarity with their sisters.  In December 1977 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.

Since those early years, much progress has been made for women in developed and developing countries alike:  in many countries, provisions guaranteeing the enjoyment of human rights without discrimination on the basis of sex have been included in constitutions;  legal literacy and other measures have been introduced to alert women to their rights and to ensure their access to those rights;  the world community has identified violence against women as a clear violation of women’s rights; incorporating gender perspectives into regular programmes and policies has become a priority at the United Nations and in many member states.

Although much remains to be done to achieve full equality, the voices of women are being heard. March 8th  provides an opportunity to pay tribute to the achievements of women and to highlight the needs and concerns of women on national, regional and global agendas.

Suggested Activities

Suggested Activities for International Women's Day

Many activities about women’s issues can be planned.  The following are only examples of the kinds of activities which can be organized to mark International Women’s Day:

    * Research and make a display to highlight key Canadian women’s rights advocates.  Women in History website can provide a start at:
    * Take a quiz on Women and Work in Canada at:
    * Highlight the contributions of Canadian women.  Information on Canadian women in various fields can be found at National Library of Canada’s website at:
    * Screen a video on the status or rights of women in Canada.  National Film Board of Canada has many interesting titles at:
    * Invite guest speakers from your community to discuss women’s rights issues.  This could be a roundtable, panel discussion or informal discussion group.
    * Read a biography or autobiography of a famous Canadian woman. Suggest this as an idea for your book club.
    * Distribute information about International Women’s Day or women’s achievements.  Women in World History website contains valuable information.  Use it to write a column for your school newspaper.
    * Find out about International Women’s Day events in your community and advertise them and encourage students to attend.
    * Network and exchange information with other community groups working to promote women’s rights.
    * Obtain a copy of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.  Discuss its various clauses and how to ensure that it respected.

While the suggestions are specific to Canada, they are applicable to all countries.


Theme for International Women's Day 2015

“Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!"

Theme for International Women's Day 2013

The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum

Theme for International Women's Day 2012

Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures

All Years' Themes:

Theme for  International Women's Day 2011

Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women

Events for IWD 2012

Air India All-Women Flights for IWD

Events in Various Countries for IWD 2011 (You can search by countries)


International Women's Day 2011

Accenture released a report on key issues affecting working women. Important issues highlighted in the report are available in:


Related Knols

International Women’s Day - 8th March - Knol Collection on Women
International and World Days - Knol Book
World Days or International Days to Highlight Challenges
Related Webpages

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