International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday 8th March 2017 is International Women’s Day. This year the theme of the day is ‘be bold for change’. The public are being encouraged to call on the masses, or call on themselves, to help forge a better, more inclusive, gender equal world. Events will take place in all corners of the globe and on social media, giving you plenty of opportunities to get involved and make a difference.

Why is International Women’s Day Important?

Though gender equality is improving in many societies, there’s a still a long way to go. At the moment, the World Economic Forum predicts that the gender pay gap won’t close entirely until 2186 and 35% of women still experience physical or sexual violence at some point in their lives.

In order for real change to happen, governments, businesses and communities need to know that the vast majority of people want a more equal world. International Women’s Day is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to join together to demand equality and show their support for women around the world. Using social media, educational events and online campaigns groups working for the rights of women hope to raise awareness and encourage as many people as possible to take up the fight for women’s rights.

What’s on?

There are events taking place for International Women’s Day in towns and cities around the world as well as on social media. In Norwich, Doorway will be taking part in an event at the city’s cathedral. Called ‘Breaking the Silence’, the coffee morning will give people attending the chance to meet a range of organisations involved with women’s rights and to find out more about violence against women and other important gender-based issues. The event will take place on the 8th March and will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

Getting involved

In you want to get involved in International Women’s Day, we’d love to see you down at Norwich Cathedral on Wednesday. If you can’t make it, you can sign up to support International Women’s Day online, use the hashtag #BeBoldForChange on social media or find out what else is happening in the area near you. The more people who pledge their support and sign up to events to celebrate International Women’s Day, the more likely the event will be to have a real impact.

To find out about International Women’s Day, the fight against gender-based violence and the rights of women, take a look around our site or come along to the coffee morning on Wednesday in Norwich Cathedral.