Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). IWD is celebrated each year on the 8th March to:-
- Celebrate women’s achievements;
- Raise awareness about women’s equality;
- Lobby for accelerated gender parity; and
- Fundraise for female focused charities.
IWD has been observed since the early 1900s.
It all started in 1910, when the leader of the women’s office for the social democratic party in Germany tabled the idea of an IWD and proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day. A conference took place of over 100 women from 17 countries and IWD was born.
In 1975, IWD was celebrated for the first time by the United Nations (the UN). From 1996 onwards, the UN allocated an annual theme to IWD each year.
In 2001, the www.internationalwomensday.com platform was launched with the specific purpose of re-energising IWD and making visible the achievements of women while continuing the call for accelerating gender parity.
The 2021 campaign theme for IWD is #ChooseToChallenge. Photographs of individuals and organisations holding their hand high is the commitment to choose to challenge equality, call out bias and question stereotypes. Here at Mullane & Lindsay Solicitors, the directors #ChooseToChallenge.