International Women’s Day this yearcomes in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo hashtag and massive increases in domestic violence reports – so the question is: why is this International Women’s Day more significant?
While there may be many social, political or economic reasons why this change might have occurred – it has also mobilised and brought into focus many of the active organisations working to bring awareness to the day – be it through achieving long-term goals or local success stories. These organisations include:
UN WOMEN is one of the central global agencies working to create gender equality and empowerment. Working in 96 countries across the world, its 2018 campaign is titled ‘Leave no women behind’ and every year hosts some of the largest events around the country to celebrate the day. Find out more about the UN WOMEN’s event at their website here.
International Women’s Day 2018: The Time is Now
A campaign organised for well over a century, this global group identifies with the original IWD organised over a century ago and supported by millions of people throughout the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity with this year’s hashtag being #PressForProgress. Find out more at their website here.
International Women's Day 2018: Pressing for Progress
Established as the agency that measures the Gender Pay Gap, WGEA has released a press release encouraging women to close the gender pay gap, which it says is at 23% between men and women. WGEA holds a range of resources and information on how to encourage workplace gender equality. See more info here.
An active supporter of women and their empowerment, the Victorian Women’s Trust has published ‘Your Guide to International Women’s Day 2018’ and is committed to being an independent advocate for women and girls. Find out more on their website here.
With a huge array of government, organisation-based, independent and grassroots organisation offering a range of events – get involved today!
See more information about International Woman's Day here.