Happy International Women's Day / Bonne Journée internationale des femmes

 Happy International Women's Day , this year theme according to UN Women is  – “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”  (IWD 2021) The focus aims to promote women in a leadership role to achieve a legal future, as the covid hit around the world, the women and girls were the most hit as they were economically and socially the most vulnerable. As the gap of gender parity in government, workplaces, health care, sports, and media coverage is not yet achieved in many countries. The fight for awareness of women's and girls' rights must continue. 

Joyeuse Journée internationale des femmes  Cette année le thème selon ONU Femmes 
est - Leadership féminin : Pour un futur égalitaire dans le monde de la Covid-19 » (IWD 2021) L'objectif vise à promouvoir les femmes dans un rôle de leadership pour parvenir à un avenir égal, alors que le covid frappait dans le monde entier, les femmes et les filles étaient les plus touchées car étant les plus vulnérables économiquement et socialement. L'écart de parité entre les sexes au sein du gouvernement, des lieux de travail, des soins de santé, des sports et de la couverture médiatique n'est pas encore atteint dans de nombreux pays. La lutte pour la sensibilisation aux droits des femmes et des filles doit se poursuivre.
     Credit: UN Women/Yihui Yuan.

UN Women and @womensday/ Women's day hope this year’s theme for International Women's Day — #ChooseToChallenge — will inspire individuals to challenge biases, question stereotypes, and celebrate the achievements of women around the world.

  "A challenging world is an alert world," the International Women's Day website says

“Women of the world want and deserve an equal future free from stigma, stereotypes and violence; a future that’s sustainable, peaceful, with equal rights and opportunities for all. To get us there, the world needs women at every table where decisions are being made –  UN Women 

What is International Women’s Day?

A day aims to challenge and bring awareness to the plight, conditions of women and girls. By taking action believed to be achievable through individual change, which brings balance in gender parity in government, workplaces, health care, such places as sports, and media coverage.

What is the history of International Women's Day?

The celebrated day has been observed for more than a century since its debut in 1911. The day recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally, and it's a call to action for gender parity.

First observed on March 19, 1911, This Women's Day was suggested by Clara Zetkin, the actual  leader of the Women's Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, she suggested a celebration in every country on the same day for women to "press for their demands." Since then Women's day was adopted by women in other countries. The date of observance moved to March 8 in 1913 with the support of over one million people who demanded the realization of women’s rights. 

Today supported by a world organization such UN for the first time in 1975 and the tradition of an annual theme in 1996 with a department for women condition the UN Women. Today, it’s celebrated by millions all over the world and marks a time to reflect on progress, celebrate the women in our lives and catalyze change.

                                     Quote and excerpt  from The UN Women Website 

When women lead, we see positive results. Some of the most efficient and exemplary responses to the COVID-19 pandemic were led by women. And women, especially young women, are at the forefront of diverse and inclusive movements online and on the streets for social justice, climate change and equality in all parts of the world. Yet, women under 30 are less than 1 per cent of parliamentarians worldwide.  –  UN Women 

This is why, this year’s International Women’s Day is a rallying cry for Generation Equality, to act for an equal future for all. The Generation Equality Forum, the most important convening for gender equality investment and actions, kicks off in Mexico City from 29 – 31 March, and culminates in Paris in June 2021. It will draw leaders, visionaries, and activists from around the world, safely on a virtual platform, to push for transformative and lasting change for generations to come. –  UN Women 

“Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in of all areas of life drives progress for everyone. Yet, women are still underrepresented in public life and decision-making, as revealed in the UN Secretary-General’s recent report. Women are Heads of State or Government in 22 countries, and only 24.9 per cent of national parliamentarians are women. At the current rate of progress, gender equality among Heads of Government will take another 130 years.” –  UN Women 

 Learn more about the  Generation Equality Forummeet the activists,, meet the activists, and get inspired by stories of world-inspiring women leaders.

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #ActforEqual #GenerationEquality #EgalitéOnAgit #GénérationÉgalité 

How can I find events close to me?    

The day is held in the same month as Women's History Month but while widely celebrated on March 8 different countries began the celebrated day as early as Thursday and up to April 15. There are events listed in 47 countries on the International Women's Day website, and you can search by country or city on the events page. Some cities are sponsoring multiple events. People looking to celebrate will surely find events near them throughout March. 

How is the day celebrated?

In past years, International Women's Day was celebrated with festivals, marathons, and other events across the world. Given the pandemic, celebrations for this year's Women's day most events will be virtual. They range from hosting a virtual happy hour in Atlanta,  a Zoom painting event in Sydney, a scheduled day of activities to highlight the contributions of women in STEM, to an online marathon in Singapore. For Canada women in STEM seem to be the dominating terms Toronto host virtual seminar Celebrating women in digital transformation and Montreal has the Women in Tech: the Future of Canadian Technology also #Herstory IWD 2021 talk all virtual.

How to participate in International Women's Day on social media?

Since the announcement theme for International Women’s Day by UN Women (IWD 2021) many countries have taken the lead and pledge to commit to the advancement of women and girls' rights.

Organizers are asking supporters to "strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021." 

The website relates. The pose is simply raising your hand high to "show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world," 

You can also participate in the Trello conversation and view the memes 


See How many organizations around the world and Canada are pledging for the (IWD 2021) 


See the pledge of Plan Canada with #StopTheSetback and the continuous action to unravel decades of hard-fought progress for girls’ rights

International Women's Day around the world – in pictures



          Bahadurgar, India Female farmers at a protest against new agriculture laws Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters


See Canada pledge for women's day and the advancement of gender-equality via Women and Gender 
Equality Canada Twitter account @Women_Canada 

#IWD2021 #ChooseToChallenge #ActforEqual #GenerationEquality #EgalitéOnAgit #GénérationÉgalité 

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