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💁‍♀️International Women's Day💁‍♀️

Updated: Apr 24, 2023

You might have seen International Women's Day mentioned in the media or heard friends talking about it. 🌸

International Women's Day, also known as IWD for short, grew out of the labour movement to become an annual event recognised by the United Nations. 🌸

International Women's Day was first celebrated in 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The centenary was celebrated in 2011, so this year we're technically celebrating the 111th. 🌸

Things were made official in 1975 when the United Nations started celebrating the day. The first theme adopted (in 1996) was "Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future". 🌸

International Women's Day has become a date to celebrate how far women have come in society, politics and in economics, while the political roots of the day mean strikes and protests are organised to raise awareness of continued inequality. 🌸

The UN announced their theme for 2022 as "Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow". Their events will recognise how women around the world are responding to climate change. 🌸

But there are also other themes around. The International Women's Day website - which says it's designed to "provide a platform to help forge positive change for women" - has chosen the theme #BreakTheBias and is asking people to imagine "a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination". 🌸


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