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International Women’s Day
International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March every year. Its focus varies around the world, from respect, appreciation and love towards women to celebrating women’s economic, political and social achievements, of which there have been many.
In many countries, IWD is an official holiday, with men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends and colleagues with flowers and small gifts and, in some countries, IWD is given equivalent status to Mother’s Day.
Women around the world contribute hugely to social, economic, cultural and political achievements, in many cases working harder and longer than their male counterparts. Yet, despite this, the gap in gender parity is still as wide as ever in many places. In 2014, the World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity, but, just one year later, they revised this estimate and they now believe that the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2133. So, what better theme for this year’s IWD than ‘Pledge For Parity’.
To help raise awareness, there are lots of events being held around the country - click here to see if there's anything near you. You can also encourage others to help make it easier for women and girls to achieve their ambitions - for more information, click here.
Let’s all help to bring gender parity a lot closer than 2133 - it might be a bit too late to help us, but it may make a big difference for our daughters and granddaughters.