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A day dedicated to women all over the world, International Women’s Day (IWD) exists because according to the World Economic Forum, no adult alive today will live long enough to witness gender equality. In fact, neither will most of our children. All the more reason to keep fighting for it and to continue celebrating women all over the world!
But how do we do that?
By celebrating IWD, we highlight the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, and we raise awareness for gender equality.
On March 8th every year, IWD is celebrated through a theme. This year’s theme was “Choose to Challenge”. What does this mean exactly? On the International Women’s Day website, this theme is described as “A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So, let's all #ChooseToChallenge.” Wherever you were on March 8th this year, we hope you had the opportunity to join the thousands of other people who created or shared a social media post celebrating woman, with the hashtag #ChooseToChallenge!
The first officially organised IWD took place in 1911, making it 110 years old this year. That year in New York City, women demanded the right to vote, to work shorter hours and to earn better pay. No matter who you are, or where you are, you can support this cause and make a difference every year, just as people worldwide have done over the last century. Gloria Steinem, feminist and activist said, “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."
In the UK on IWD, many special events are organised: exhibitions, plays, presentations, debates, tours, workshops and fun runs are just some examples. These activities celebrate the role of women in society and present opportunities for us to think about the progress that has been made for women over the years. However, many changes still need to take place if we want to be able to say that the world is a fair and equal place for all its citizens.
This year, IWD took place in over 40 countries. In Turkey, thousands of citizens protested for equality and in Israel, hundreds of women lay down in coffins to represent victims of domestic violence. In addition, businesses all over the world hosted panel discussions to raise awareness of the issues that affect women in the workplace.
How did you support IWD this year and help the world become a better place?
to witness = être temoin de
gender = le sexe d’une personne
to highight = souligner
achievement = la réussite
to raise awareness = sensibiliser quelqu’un à quelque chose
alert = vigilant
to earn = gagner (un salaire)
a century = un siècle
to struggle = lutter
an exhibition = une exposition
a play = une pièce de théâtre
a fun run = une course de fond pour amateurs