International Women’s Day takes place every year on 8 March. It is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their communities.
This year's theme looks at how to ensure women’s economic empowerment in the world of work. For years, the pace of improvement in closing the gender gaps in the world of work has been slow. Too many women and girls are locked out of opportunities to: get equal pay, acquire relevant skills in the areas of their interest, have access to land and property, start a business, acquire positions of leadership, to name a few.
As the leading girls’ rights organisation, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around the world have told us how they’re not prepared to wait so long for gender equality. The current generation of girls needs to see the transformative change during their lifetime and, as an organisation, we’re committed to making that happen.
International Women's Day matters to girls:
- Despite growing recognition of the need to invest in girls and young women to create female leaders, far too many are still being held back because of harmful norms and gender stereotypes in society.
- Girls want to see transformative change during their lifetime, but too often they are not given the opportunity to speak up and take action to change their world, and the world around them.
- Through the leadership and innovative and learning opportunities we offer at WAGGGS, we are helping to change this by giving girls the skills and opportunity to be heard and create the world they want to see.
- By supporting WAGGGS, you could help us turn a young girl into a leader and help us create a safer, more equal world for girls and young women everywhere. Visit our donation page for more information.
Our International Women's Day campaign 2017
To raise awareness about WAGGGS leadership programmes and show how Girl Guides and Girl Scouts can become great leaders, we are profiling a series of inspiring women.
We’d really like you to get involved too!
We want Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from in-country to share posts via Facebook or Twitter about their female role models and women who inspire them.
Take part in our campaign, Girl Guides, Great Leaders, where you can share a photo and comment about what makes these women so special and how they inspire you.
We'd also love to see you share and retweet our content.
WAGGGS is also International Women's Day charity of choice and you can find out more on the International Women's Day website. If you're celebrating IWD in your office, why not download our activity pack for ideas on how to get your colleagues involved.
If you're from one of our Member Organisations, International Women's Day briefing document download a briefing pack with information on how we're marking International Women's Day or contact:
Communications Manager, Media
World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
Phone: +44 (0)20 7433 6460