Happy International Women’s Day! IWD occurs annually every March 8 to celebrate the achievements of women, as well as to highlight the continued injustices and inequalities faced by women around the world.
Starting in the early 20th century, there is over 100 years of history behind this day. Themes addressed in recent years focused on gender pay gaps, sexual harassment faced by women, gender equality for a sustainable future, leadership, and more.
This year’s campaign theme is #BreakTheBias, where everyone is encouraged to actively work on dismantling the societal gender biases and discrimination against women.
The important work of gender equality goes beyond one day of the year – it is ongoing and necessary at home, schools, workplaces, and all of our daily interactions.
We must also recognise the intersectional component of gender-based discrimination; with women of colour and Indigenous women, disabled, poor/working class, and trans women facing disproportionate amounts of oppression. An equal future is inclusive, and is something that is everyone’s responsibility.