I’m going to keep this short because there is much more information on this inspiring, strengthening and encouraging day to be found elsewhere. But I couldn’t let March 8th go by without being yet another voice to highlight the political side of the day.

With its roots in the States in 1909 and then Copenhagen with socialist themes in 1910, the day which bears most resemblance to modern IWD was first marked in 1911. Women demonstrated for the right to vote, hold public office and against sex discrimination. It has gone from strength to strength from those first million people over a hundred years ago.

This year, the official theme is “The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum” backed up by the UN’s own theme, “A promise is a promise: Time for action to end violence against women.” A powerful if huge undertaking we should all be proud to support.


If, like me, you have let life as a busy woman (or man!) overwhelm you until you woke up to Google’s specially designed home-page reminding you it was indeed IWD, please don’t let the day go by without doing something to change your part of the world.

  • Use the resources page on the official website – share a video, image or message on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, email signature, or blog/website.
  • You can also find a last minute event near you to join in with.
  • Give a one-off donation or sign up to a regular gift to a charity supporting women in need (particularly following the theme of violence against women such as Rape Crisis or one of the more personal causes I’ve highlighted in my posts like Masika).
  • Take a few minutes to call or visit or do something special for the women in your life – coffees on you in the office, a surprise bouquet of flowers for the shut-in neighbour next door, a phone call to an elderly relative
  • We are Equals.org have a handy suggestions page depending on how much time you can spare – a few seconds to a whole day

Because even though IWD may be one day we haven’t (in my case!) fully prepared for, the struggle to end violence against women and all the other themes the day stands for carries on through the other 364 days of the year. Be part of the solution.

More: visit the official page here


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