International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is held on the 8th of March every year. The theme for 2015 is ‘Make it Happen’.

All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.

Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.

Each year, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.

Various organisations identify their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their local context and interests.

Many charities, NGOs and governments also adopt a relevant theme or campaign to mark the day. For example, organisations like the UN, Oxfam, Women for Women, Care International, Plan, World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and more run exciting and powerful campaigns that raise awareness and encourage donations for good causes. The UN has been declaring an annual equality theme for many years.

We always participate in this event, sometimes with funding from NAW and sometimes without funding because we believe in celebrating the success of women.

Some of the people we work with have overcome tremendous hardship, barriers and painful decisions to turn their lives around. We celebrate their successes too.

International Women’s Day Quiz

Who was the first woman in space?
On June 16, 1963, Valentina Terechkova became the first woman to fly in space.

Who was the first woman to fly a plane?
Amelia Mary Earhart.

Who was the first woman to fly solo around the world?
Geraldine "Jerrie" Fredritz Mock (November 22, 1925 – September 30, 2014) was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Who was the first female president of India?
Pratibha Devisingh Patil.

Paper bags, Kevlar, foot pedal bins, Monopoly, windscreen wipers, disposable nappies, signal flares, ScotchguardTM, and the circular saw. Which of these items were invented by women?
All of them!

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