‘Turn the clock forward on women’s rights’: UN Boss’s International Women’s Day message

International Women’s Day is powered by the collective efforts of all

Updated at 0731 EAT on Tuesday 08th March 2022

Hi Collective action and shared ownership for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day impactful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

‘Turn the clock forward on women’s rights’: UN chief’s International Women’s Day message

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Niger. ED at the Satara market garden site where WFP is implementing a resilience Programme

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The International Women’s Day, celebrated on 08 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has insisted that the world “cannot emerge from the pandemic with the clock spinning backwards on gender equality”.

Mr. Guterres highlighted the contribution that women have made to ending the COVID-19pandemic, hailed the ideas, innovations and activism that are changing our world for the better, and welcomed more women leaders across all walks of life. 

However, as the UN chief pointed out, women and girls have frequently borne the brunt of the consequences of the virus spreading worldwide, which have included girls and women being shut out of schools and workplaces, led to rising poverty and rising violence, and seen women doing the vast majority of the world’s unpaid but essential care work. 

To remedy the situation, Mr. Guterres called for guaranteed quality education for every girl, massive investments in women’s training and decent work, effective action to end gender-based violence, and universal health care.

Other measures recommended by the UN chief include gender quotas, that could result in the world benefiting from more women leaders.

Women and climate action

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, underscoring the fact that women bear a disproportionate burden of the impacts of the climate crisis, and that they need to be central to the solutions for a sustainable planet.

The Action Coalition for Feminist Action for Climate Justice, is helping to make sure that this happens. The Coalition, which brings together governments, private sector companies, the UN system and civil society, is part of a drive to bring about global action and investment, with a focus on financing for gender-just climate solutions.

These include increasing women’s leadership in the green economy, building women’s and girls’ resilience to climate impacts and disasters, and increasing the use of data on gender equality and climate.

UN observance of International Women’s Day 2022

  • The United Nations observance of International Women’s Day will be held virtually on 8 March, 10 – 11.30AM UTC–5 (New York time).
  • The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.This year’s IWD observance is in recognition and celebration of the women and girls who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation and response, and to honour their leadership and contribution towards a sustainable future.
  • Senior UN officials will be speaking at the event, including Secretary-General António Guterres, Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, and Abudallah Shahid, the President of the General Assembly.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

Marked annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • celebrate women’s achievements
  • raise awareness about women’s equality
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • fundraise for female-focused charities
     

What’s the International Women’s Day 2022 theme?

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreakTheBias. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.


What’s the history of International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day has occurred for well over a century with the first gathering held in 1911. Learn more about the day’s timeline.
 


What colors symbolize International Women’s Day?

Purple, green and white are the colors of International Women’s Day. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolizes hope. White represents purity, albeit a controversial concept. The colors originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in the UK in 1908.
 


Who can support International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is not country, group, nor organization specific. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day. The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organization, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”  So make International Women’s Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.
 


What’s does the IWD website aim to achieve?

The purpose of the International Women’s Day website is to support the supporters, and in doing so it provides a platform to help forge positive change for women. 

Who owns International Women's Day

Whether hosting an event, running a campaign, launching an initiative, reporting on achievement, donating to a female-focused charity, or more – there are many ways groups and individuals can mark International Women’s Day.

Three central beliefs underpin and guide the purpose and provisions of the International Women’s Day website:

  • identifying, celebrating and increasing visibility of women’s achievements can help forge equality
  • strategic collaborations based on a foundation of shared purpose, trust and appreciation can impact positive change for women
  • worldwide awareness raising via meaningful narratives, resources and activity can help combat gender bias and discrimination to accelerate gender parity

To support worldwide activity, the International Women’s Day website provides:

  • free guidance and resources
  • a searchable IWD events database
  • a platform for collaborative purpose-driven missions 
  • a hub showcasing the work of women creatives
  • a speakers register for IWD event managers
  • a women-owned business IWD supplier directory
  • a fundraising channel for female-focused charities (100% direct to charity)
     

Do we still need an International Women’s Day?

Yes! There’s no place for complacency. According to the World Economic Forum, sadly none of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. Gender parity will not be attained for almost a century. 

There’s urgent work to do – and we can all play a part.
 

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IWD 2022 campaign theme: #BreakTheBias

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
 


Be part of a movement 

#BreakTheBias - International Women's Day 2022 theme

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can break the bias in our communities.

We can break the bias in our workplaces.

We can break the bias in our schools, colleges and universities.

Together, we can all break the bias – on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.
 


Strike the IWD #BreakTheBias pose

#BreakTheBias - International Women's Day 2022 theme

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.

Are you in? Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it?

Will you help break the bias

Cross your arms to show solidarity.

Strike the IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image, video, resources, presentation or articles on social media using #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.
 


#BreakTheBias - International Women's Day 2022 theme

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BreakTheBias theme
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International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias
BreakTheBias theme

Keen to show solidarity and support for breaking the bias?

International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias

Individuals and organizations are invited to send in #BreakTheBias images as we’ll be sharing some of the best images from around the world in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022.

International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias

So strike the IWD #BreakTheBias pose with your arms crossed to show your commitment to calling out bias, smashing stereotypes, breaking inequality, and rejecting discrimination.


Will you #BreakTheBias?

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International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias
International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias
International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias
International Women's Day 2022 theme - Break The Bias
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#BreakTheBias - International Women's Day 2022 theme
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Help forge the IWD Missions

Collectively, we can all work to help forge women’s equality – sooner and faster.

Thankfully gains are being made, but there is still a great deal to achieve on many fronts. 

Therefore, International Women’s Day sees a number of exciting and important MISSIONS aimed at:

  • raising greater awareness about issues impacting women’s equality
  • taking a stance to call out inequality while working to forge positive action
  • highlighting and applauding where important gains are being made
  • celebrating women’s achievements and accomplishments
     

Women in Technology mission

To celebrate digital advancement and champion the women forging innovation through technology ..

HCL women

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Women at Work mission

To forge inclusive work cultures where women’s careers thrive and achievements are celebrated ….

LinkedIn women

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Women Forging Change mission

To elevate women forging change via technology and sustainability in communities, workplaces and beyond …

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Women’s Health mission

To assist women to be in a position of power to make informed decisions about their health ..



Women Creatives mission

To celebrate the work of women creatives and elevate visibility for commercial projects and commissions ….



Women’s Empowerment mission

To shine a spotlight on activity encouraging and uplifting women to pursue goals without bias or barriers …



Women in Sport Mission

To celebrate women athletes and applaud when equality is achieved in pay, sponsorship and visibility …. mor


 
IWD 2022 relationships open

Keen to be a future IWD Partner supporting an IWD mission? Get in touch to discuss further. 

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