It’s just another day to many people but for women, it’s a day to help forge women’s equality. International Women’s Day 2022 theme is #BreakTheBias. It is more than one day, it’s a movement against bias, stereotypes and discrimination towards women. Together we can push towards furthering progress in making a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. As the IWD website says, we want a world where difference is valued and celebrated.
International Women's Day is celebrated every year on March 8.
You can adopt this theme throughout the entire year and incorporate it into your marketing materials, staff meetings, organizations you belong and everywhere you can share it.
According to the IWD website:
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.
They further state; 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.
Below are a few of our members taking a stance on International Women’s Day.
What is the history of International Women's Day?
According to the United Nations, the first National Women's Day was celebrated on February 28, 1909. The United Nations says it was designated by the Socialist Party of America to honor women in the garment industry who went on strike in New York to protest working conditions.
But the first milestone in the US was much earlier - in 1848. Indignant over women being barred from speaking at an anti-slavery convention, Americans Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott congregate a few hundred people at their nation’s first women’s rights convention in New York. Together they demand civil, social, political, and religious rights for women in a Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions. A movement is born.
International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic, or political.
Since those early years, International Women's Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women's movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women's conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women's rights and participation in the political and economic arenas.
Read more about the origins of IWD and the history of women’s rights and the UN's contribution to the cause.
Don’t forget to strike the IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image online. And be part of continuing the movement to end bias, stereotypes and gender inequality.
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