International Women’s Day (March 8) is 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.

Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8?

Every year on 8 March, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. The event, which has its roots in the socialist feminist movements of the early 20th century, is now a United Nations-recognised celebration – a day designed to shine a spotlight on women’s achievements and bolster campaigns for gender equality.

What is the theme for International Women’s Day?

The campaign theme is #BreakTheBias

Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

How to get involved in International Women’s Day 2022

It couldn’t be easier to get involved in IWD this year from sharing articles to taking part on social media.

Educate yourself

The UN has put together a list of resources to help you educate yourself on this year’s issue including articles like “5 reasons Climate Changes Needs Women” and “Women bear the brunt of the climate crisis, COP26 highlights”

There are also plenty of websites, publications and other international days that you can be involved in.

See all the IWD resources via the UN website.

Attend or organise an IWD event

The purpose of IWD is to celebrate women and their achievements and the best way to do that is by coming together.

There is no shortage of events taking place online and in person all over the world.

Visit the International Women’s Day website to find an event near you or to find advice about how to plan your own event.

Eventbrite has also rounded up all the online IWD events you can attend in the run-up to March 8.

Share resources on social media

Social media is a powerful tool and shouldn’t be underestimated.

You can share the above articles and publications as well as important infographics and data collected by the UN and other major organisations.

Beyond using your platforms to celebrate your female family members and friends, you can use your voice to bring about change.

Share and sign feminist petitions, make empowering book and film recommendations – whatever you like!

Support feminist businesses and charities

If you’re looking for something a bit more proactive, supporting feminist businesses and charities is a great way to do some good.

Try shopping locally at a female-owned business or donate to charities who are fighting against gender inequality all over the world from Oxfam, Malala Fund, Women for Women International, Girls Not Brides and so much more.

In other words, be part of the change that you want to see!

How can you help to celebrate IWD 2022 in the workplace?

Your activities don’t have to be extravagant: small activities are still beneficial for raising awareness. Some ideas we have are:

  • Decorate the building. Think bunting, balloons, and banners. You could also display posters that document stories of inspirational females.
  • Involve everyone. Give everyone the opportunity to get involved with planning the day and the activities, both male and female.
  • Get people thinking. Ask your employees to think about a woman who has inspired them. Then, ask them to write this down and stick it somewhere, like a wall or a whiteboard, where everyone can see it.
  • Give every employee a little something to mark the day. For example, placing an item of stationery on every desk will make your employees feel like they are involved in the day. Don’t forget any home workers!
  • Ask employees to share stories. Encourage your female CEOs, heads of department, managers etc. to speak about their experiences and invite people to listen.
  • Fundraise for a women’s charity. Ask your employees to vote for a charity and then organise things to raise money for it. For example, a raffle or a sale. You could also encourage employees to bring in items they no longer use, like old clothes or books, that you can donate to the charity. This year, IWD have selected The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and Catalyst as their charities of choice. However, there are many other charities that support women who would appreciate your help, such as Women for Women International, Womankind and Women’s Aid.

Remember to have activities that are inclusive of both men and women and ensure that you show similar levels of commitment for International Men’s Day.

How Hallidays HR can help

If you would like to discuss any of the above in more detail, then please do not hesitate to contact us.