International Women’s Day … #BreakTheBias
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women's achievements or rally for women's equality.
Celebrated annually on 8 March, International Women’s Day was first held more than 100 years ago. The first International Women’s Day gathering in 1911 was supported by over one million people. Purple, green and white were the official colours of International Women’s Day and each held a special significance. Purple denotes justice and dignity, green represents hope, and white is representative of purity, although this is a controversial concept, and for this reason purple and green have become the key colours of International Women’s Day.
There are many ways that you can get involved in International Women’s Day including attending or hosting an event; fundraising, collaborating, supporting, researching, educating and celebrating women’s achievements. The theme for 2022 is #BreakTheBias and we are encouraged to 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. We can break the bias in our communities, in our workplaces, in our schools and universities on International Women’s Day and beyond.