International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8th every year around the world. The idea of a ‘Women’s Day’ first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America. First observed as an international day in 1911 in Europe, it has grown in influence ever since.
Women’s organisations and governments around the world observe IWD by holding large-scale events that honour women’s achievements and raise awareness of the inequalities still facing women today.
The theme designated by the United Nations for this centennial International Women’s Day is “Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women“
If you want to know more there is a display charting the history of International Women’s Day on level 7 near the enquiry desk. You can also visit the United Nations International Women’s Day website.
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