International Women’s Day 2023
Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.
(Danielle, Care Assistant and Residents)
IWD 2023 Campaign Theme
This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity. The campaign aims to encourage important conversations on “Why equal opportunities aren’t enough” and “Why equal isn’t always fair”. People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action. We can all challenge gender stereotypes, call out discrimination, draw attention to bias, and seek out inclusion. Collective activism is what drives change, so we can all embrace equity.
(Agnes, Deputy Manager)
At Oakland Care, embracing equality means to believe, value, and seek out difference as a necessary and positive element of life. To embrace equity means to understand all of our women team members’ and residents’ journeys in order to achieve women’s equality.
(Jacqui, Dual Site Business Administrator and Lisa, Admin Assistant)
Interesting facts about International Women’s Day
- IWD was marked for the first time in March 1911, and the specific date of March 8 was secured two years later.
- IWD’s official colours of IWD are purple and green (and white).
- In 1975, the United Nations marked IWD for the first time.
- In 2001, with minimal IWD activity worldwide, the IWD website was launched to increase mainstream awareness and provide resources.
- In 2011, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, proclaimed March 2011 as Women’s History Month and called upon all Americans to observe the month and celebrate IWD.
- IWD is recognized as an official holiday in many countries such as Cuba, Vietnam, Uganda, Mongolia, Montenegro, Cambodia, and Ukraine – and in some countries like Macedonia, Uzbekistan and Serbia it’s combined with Mother’s Day.
- IWD is now an annual mainstream moment, marked by millions worldwide and celebrated through events, campaigns, speeches, performances and more.
Today we celebrate women’s achievements and together, let’s make the world better for women.
Find out more about International Women’s Day