Take action on International Women’s Day

1 March 2010

Girlguiding UK- Guides celebrateWAGGGS calls all members to participate in the poster competition ‘girls worldwide say no to violence against women’. The competition will start on 8 March, International Women’s Day and will end on 12 August, International Youth Day so there is plenty of time to run a special meeting with your groups, encourage your friends and family to join and check out all the other actions you can take on the WAGGGS action page! More details will be published on 8 March.

WAGGGS is launching partner of the Unifem campaign ‘say no to violence against women’. The first milestone of 100,000 actions was celebrated in March 2010 and the next goal is to collect 1 Million actions by November 2010. Every action recorded on the WAGGGS action page [link] counts toward this goal.

Did you know

  • Up to 70 percent of women and girls will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.
  • Rape and domestic violence are a higher risk for women aged 15 to 44 than cancer, traffic accidents or malaria.
  • 140 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation.
  • It is estimated that 5,000 women are victims of so-called “honour killings” every year.

Take action now!

  • Check out the WAGGGS action page and find out how you can fight violence against women. There is a whole range of ideas!
  • Check the list of events that are planned for next 8 March on the IWD website.
  • Add you own event, article, picture, video or podcast.
  • Find out what the young Girl Guides were up to at the CSW.

About International Women’s Day

1iwd-promotion.gifOn the 8th March the achievements of women around the world are celebrated on International Women’s Day (IWD). As the world’s largest volunteer organization for girls and young women, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts is a major supporter of this day, which is observed globally through a range of events that acknowledge the contribution women make to society, business, the arts, science and technology. 

The first IWD was run in 1911. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. Find out more about the history of that important day.

The global United Nation themes used for International Women's Day 2010 is Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all but each country or organization has a different IWD theme. Some examples are:

  • Global, United Nations: Women and men united to end violence against women and girls
  • Canada, Status of Women (Federal Gov): Strong Leadership. Strong Women. Strong World: Equality
  • Australia, UNIFEM: Unite to End Violence Against Women
  • UK, Doncaster Council: Women's Voices and Influence
  • UK, Accenture: Stretch Yourself: Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020

WAGGGS encourages you to take an active role on International Women’s Day next 8 March. Participate on events organized near you and celebrate the achievements of women around the world! Have a look at the list of actions you can do on that very important day.


From 1 to 12 March, a WAGGGS delegation is attending the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The delegation will joint efforts and approach country delegations to the CSW and also work with UN agencies, other NGOs, NGO committees and caucuses to make sure that the girl child is at the centre of attention.

This year the Commission on the Status of Women will undertake a fifteen-year review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action and the outcomes of the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly.  

WAGGGS has submitted a written statement on the main theme for this year, emphasizing that the girl child must be at the centre of efforts to implement the Beijing Platform for Action.

Don’t miss the daily updates that the delegates will be posting on the website.

You can now download the press release on how the delegates at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York have advocated on the International Women's Day theme 'Equal rights, equal opportunities: progress for all'.

Your comments

Mpho Motale - 8 March 2010 - 12.15AM (GMT)

Women have from time and time proved that together we can achieve anything. Lets not stop now it is everyone battle for we are all sisters. I say no to violence against women.

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