International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated since 1911 as a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Organizers and sponsors believe IWD can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and girls. Last year’s theme focused on gender parity (to help women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men’s contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures). This year’s theme – #BeBoldForChange – acknowledges that gender parity efforts are moving too slowly. According to the World Economic Forum, at the current rate of change, the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186! That is why bold steps are needed to accelerate efforts.
We are all called upon to take bold actions together in the following areas:
Everyone who participates in IWD activities on March 8 and for weeks and months to come are asked to reflect upon the following values: justice, dignity, hope, equality, collaboration, tenacity appreciation, respect, empathy, and forgiveness. Ernst and Young (EY), 2017 IWD lead sponsor, contends that accelerating achievement of gender parity within business is not just a fairness argument but an economic imperative. “By working together we can create a ripple effect that not only advances women but also redefines opportunities for future generations of women.”
At 1girl we help prepare middle school girls to become future leaders by learning essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, conflict resolution, goal setting, and public speaking. Our program focuses on girls who live in underserved communities, supporting girls with incredible potential that do not always receive the support they need from their schools to reach their highest dreams. Learn more about International Women’s Day here.