March 8 is International Women's Day (IWD) — a day to recognize women's achievements and acknowledge the challenges they continue to face in the quest for gender equality. This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter because a balanced world is a better world.
Did you know? The beginnings of International Women's Day (IWD) trace back to the early twentieth century, emerging from the activities of labour movements in North America and Europe and reflecting a growing movement for women to participate equally in society.
A brief history: The first International Women's Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. In the years that followed, other countries began to observe and celebrate this day. In 1975, The United Nations recognized International Women's Year and began celebrating IWD on March 8, later adopting a resolution designating March 8 as International Women's Day.
Today, International Women's Day is celebrated around the world – in many countries, it is a national holiday. It has grown to become a global day of recognition of women's achievements and a call to action to support women's rights and advance gender equality.
At Peel Children’s Aid, we know that power and privilege impacts women within the communities we serve. How a woman experiences these challenges can differ as a result of race, age, sexuality, social location and marital status. And women are the primary victims of domestic violence, with 30% of our referrals being DV related. International Women’s Day is our opportunity to acknowledge these challenges and celebrate women’s lives.
For more information on IWD please visit this article: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/about