Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing global attention on areas requiring further action.

Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8, with the first day being 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.

This year’s theme is #InspireInclusion – which aims to collectively forge a more inclusive world for women. Organisers of International Women’s Day are calling for everyone to share their #inspireinclusion message across all platforms. Let us celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity. IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD actions are important.

The United Nations has also set a separate theme of ‘Invest in women: Accelerate progress‘, to highlight how important it is that women and girls are given equal opportunity to grow and learn. Achieving gender equality and women’s well-being in all aspects of life is more crucial than ever. Take a stand for this IWD using the hashtag #InvestInWomen.

You can find the latest news, inspirational articles and events celebrating International Women’s Day below. If you have an event that you feel would benefit our members, you can promote this on WeAreTheCity. Please email [email protected]


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Fawcett Society

The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life. 

Woman’s Trust is a specialist mental health charity, providing free counselling and therapy for women who have experience domestic abuse.

Empowering women to live without violence and fear. Refuge is the largest domestic abuse organisation in the UK. 

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We are a UK charity that exists to give women the confidence they need to reach their full potential, secure employment and change the trajectory of their lives.

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Pregnant Then Screwed is a charity dedicated to ending the motherhood penalty, supporting tens of thousands of women each year, and successfully campaigning for change.

Young Women’s Trust champions young women aged 18 to 30 on low or no pay. We’re here to create a more equal world of work and raise young women’s incomes.