International Women's Day 2018: What you should know


International Women's Day celebrates women's achievements across social and political sectors while calling for gender equality. Internationally, the Commission supports projects fostering the rights of women who experienced gender-based violence, including sexual violence, in developing countries and in humanitarian crises.

On this day people wear the purple ribbon as they symbolize justice and dignity.

Learn about women who've done wonderful things in the pursuit of equal rights for women - March is also International Women's History Month.

While the festival runs for almost two weeks in Belfast and throughout the north, Thursday March 8 is the day when women's groups throughout the world will focus on women's achievements while highlighting fights for equalities which still need to be won.

To find out how you can celebrate at International Women's Day events, rallies, panel discussions, and more, visit the International Women's Day Events Page.

In 1911, the day was observed for the first time by over a million of men and women who attended rallies.

It found that while sexual harassment is seen as the top equality issue facing women globally, in Britain it is only the second most important issue - with equal pay seen as more significant. We can't claim success whenever there are women who aren't there yet.

Following on from last year's IWD programming schedule which was well received by audiences, ABC programs across television and radio will be presented by all women line-ups on Thursday.

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May you have a wonderful women's day! In 1913 finally, March 8 was finally selected and ever since this day is celebrated as IWD.

From the team at Human Resources, we wish you a Happy Women's Day.

At the World Health Organization, we're speaking up for women and girls' right to health.

This is also an activity that can easily be adapted to different age groups, with younger students writing down a short answer to a simple question, and older students going into more detail. He mentions also the director of the Vatican museums and the first female rector of a pontifical university, but adds these examples "should never be used as an excuse to think we've done enough or that the presence of women in strong enough in Curial leadership". According to the International Women's day website, the campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and bring about collective action.

But women everywhere have low status relative to men. The theme for the celebration this year is #PressforProgress.

Participants carry a placard "No! for Abortion ban" as they take part in a Women's March in Warsaw, Poland, on March 4, 2018.

Acting President Christine Kangaloo acknowledged this in a statement issued on Wednesday, as she noted the persistent calls for gender equality across the world.

The road to equality is long, it has many obstacles, but we must walk it together as we #PressforProgress.