International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Each year International Women's Day sees thousands of events - global gatherings, conferences, awards, exhibitions, festivals, fun runs, corporate events, concert performances, speaking events, online digital gatherings and more. Events are held by women's networks, corporations, charities, educational institutions, government bodies, political parties, the media and further communities.
The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Around the world, International Women's Day can be an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.
The theme of International Women's Day (IWD) 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. IWD 2017 calls on everyone from all walks of life to take groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.
To help challenge gender bias and inequality, EY is advocating for gender diversity in the workplace and harnessing the power of disruption. Learn more about the disconnects that are holding back gender parity and how EY's campaign aims to create a supportive corporate culture that will help women advance into leadership here.
Taking action for change in another critical area for IWD--championing women's and girls' education--the ONE campaign this year is spearheading the "Poverty is Sexist" campaign. As part of the campaign, ONE aims to mobilize world leaders to take action with the right policies and the necessary funds to provide an adequate education to the 130 million girls across the world who are denied this basic right. Signatures are now being collected on a letter to be delivered in person to leaders all across the globe this International Women’s Day, March 8th. Sign the letter here.