International Women’s Day (IWD) is Monday 8th March and is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
“IWD has been observed since the early 1900’s - a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.” The day was officially honoured in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. For a historical time-line visit:
IWD: History of International Women's Day
IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChooseToChallenge
International Women’s Day also “marks a call to action for accelerated gender parity”. This year’s theme is choose to challenge.
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.”
The IWD campaign asks individuals to “Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.”
What does the IWD website hope to achieve?
To support worldwide activity, the International Women's Day website provides:
- free guidance and resources
- a searchable IWD events database
- a platform for collaborative purpose-driven missions
- a hub showcasing the work of women creatives
- a speakers register for IWD event managers
- a women-owned business IWD supplier directory
- a fundraising channel for female-focused charities (100% direct to charity)
Prime Employers for Women
As part of the collaboration, there are a number of Employers and Partners who are listed as ‘Prime Employers for Women’, and there is option to research for job vacancies and research the work of women in a variety of areas. The ‘Where Women Work’ careers platform also “showcases the impressive work and achievements of women, whilst shining a spotlight on the organizations supporting them.”
In order to qualify, the organizations have to meet the following criteria:
- demonstrate executive leadership commitment to gender equality
- embrace a culture of diversity and inclusion
- forge a female hiring pipeline from early career to executive level
- value and support flexible working arrangements
- provide formal avenues to address any concerns of bias
- ensure women's inclusion from supply chain through to decision making
- ensure marketing and communications are consistently free from stereotyping
- provide external support for women's advancement
- monitor progress and outcomes from equality initiatives and activity
- maintain external validation of progressive employer practice
We will be promoting International Women’s Day during Library lessons and advertising the wide range of related resources we have in The Senior Library. These include:
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