What many people don’t know about International Women’s Day (IWD), which is held on the 8th of March each year, is that this celebration first began in 1991, with over a million people in Germany, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland taking part. IWD celebrates notable achievements made by women when it comes to politics, human rights, and is celebrated all around the world in a variety of ways. OROGOLD reviews the best International Women’s Day celebrations around the world.
The UK has the most variety when it comes to different IWD celebrations, with festivities taking place up and down the country. One of the most attended is the Women of the World Festival, at the Southbank Centre in London, where there are many talks, performances and workshops, as well as networking events, debates and exhibitions, all with the aim of celebrating women and girls. There are plenty of similar events being held in other cities around the UK, including Manchester, Newcastle and Brighton.
In New York on the 8th of March, a march for gender equality will be taking place, in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The march will take place through Midtown New York City, ending at Times Square, where participants will convene to renew their commitments to gender equality.
India is another country that is holding a variety of IWD events, from documentary screenings to networking events to self defence classes. There are also many awareness programs, as well as free medical support and wellness advice.
Women’s Day Live, the world’s largest ever interactive event, will be a huge celebration for IWD. Taking place in Toronto, Canada, it will be broadcast live via satellite to over 100 countries, and will be a full 24 hours of live celebrations around the world, with over a million people at Washington Mall, and up to two million people on Copacabana Beach. It will also feature concerts that will be taking place in Beijing and Kigali, where IWD has been declared a public holiday.
There is also an exciting event happening in many countries around the world, involving the first women’s group in the exchange traded fund (ITF) industry. The group has partnered up with stock exchanges around the world, and each of them will be hosting a bell ringing celebration. Cities that are taking part are Hong Kong, Toronto, Chicago, Zurich, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Sydney and New York, all with the joint goal of celebrating and bringing awareness to IWD.
For an event that people can take part in no matter where they live, the UN is hosting a live Facebook event with Emma Watson, who is also currently the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. The event is titled ‘HeForShe Conversation with Emma Watson’, and the actress will be speaking out to promote gender equality.
Men and women all over the world will be taking part in the festivities for International Women’s Day, no matter how big or small they may be. OROGOLD hopes that you show your support for gender equality by celebrating the day and sharing your photos on the internet for participants around the world to see.