Observed since the early 1900s, International Women’s Day is a poignant worldwide event that brings together women from around the world to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality.
The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange – encouraging people to step up and take ground-breaking action to help drive gender equality. In a year that has seen millions of women, girls and men take to the streets to march and protest in opposition to divisive politics, organisers are hoping the bold message will be heard around the world. “Each one of us – with women, men and non-binary people joining forces – can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity,” write the organisers of International Women’s Day 2017.
Oak’s Issues Affecting Women Programme (IAWP) seeks to build a world in which women are safe from violence and are free to exercise their full and equal human rights. As part of the programme, Oak seeks to create a strong movement of women who are empowered, individually and collectively, to challenge the root causes of inequality, similar to this years theme for International Women’s Day – #BeBoldForChange. “The mobilisation of women in civil society is in fact the critical factor accounting for positive policy changes around gender equality,” says Florence Tercier Holst-Roness, Director of the IAWP Programme. To find out more about the work of the Issues Affecting Women Programme take a look at the annual report or visit our website.
There are many ways you can get involved and #BeBoldForChange. See how you can challenge bias and inequality or champion women’s education by visiting the International Women’s Day website.