International Women’s Day 2011 When is it and What is it?

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International Women's Day 2011 When is it March 8 2011 Make Our Voices Heard!

As with every year, International Women’s Day 2011 (IWD) falls on March 8, 2011 for this year, and is celebrated on March 8 for every year. This is also a special celebration this year as it marks the 100th anniversary for the event, marking the centenary anniversary for the event. Each year, organizations, governments and woman’s groups from around the world choose different themes that reflect current global and local gender issues. This may get many people confused, as most people think that there is but one global theme for each year, but that is not always the case. It is entirely up to each nation and individual group to choose an appropriate theme for their demography. For the United Nation theme for 2011, they have selected the following as their theme: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women. There also are other themes in place for 2011, and here is a short list of some of them from what we could find at the time of this writing:

International Women’s Day 2011 Themes

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
Australia: Queensland Government Office for Women: Our Women, Our State
Australia: WA Department for Communities: Sharing the Caring for the Future
UK: Doncaster Council: Women’s Voices and Influence
UK: Welsh Assembly Government: Bridging the Generational Gap
UK: Accenture: Stretch Yourself: Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020
USA: IBM: Women@IBM: Success in the Globally Integrated Enterprise

International Women’s Day 2011 Events

This year there are approximately 1426 events taking place around the world. The United Kingdom leads the pack with 406 events planned so far for this event, with Canada ranking number 2 with 235 planned events, followed by the United States with 208 events planned, Australia following closely with 200 events and Costa Rica with 48 events planned as of this writing. To search for worldwide events visit the Search International Women’s Day Events by Country web page.

International Women’s Day History

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Collage of participants for this event

The first IWD events were run in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911 and attended by over one million people. 100 years on, IWD has become a global mainstream phenomena celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.

March 8 sees extensive global women’s activity. Performer and social activist, Annie Lennox, will lead a mass march across London’s Millennium Bridge for charity. In Washington D.C. over a thousand people will venture on Capitol Hill demanding a better world for millions of marginalized women and girls around the globe. A major international businesswomen’s conference will be hosted in Sydney, Australia. Schools and governments around the world are participating in the day. Trade Unions and charities are campaigning. Global corporations are hosting conferences and distributing extensive resource packs. The United Nations Secretary-General delivers a formal message. The United States even designates the whole month of March as Women’s History Month as officially proclaimed by President Obama on February 28, 2011.

IWD is a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. However, activity has not always been on the increase. Australian entrepreneur and women’s campaigner Glenda Stone, who founded the International Women’s Day website, a global hub of events and information, said:

“A decade ago IWD was disappearing. Activity in Europe, where IWD actually began, was very low. Providing a global online platform helped sustain and accelerate momentum for this important day. Holding only a handful of events ten years ago, the United Kingdom has now become the global leader for IWD activity, followed sharply by Canada, United States and Australia. 2011 will see thousands of events globally for the first time.”

More recently, social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook and Youtube have also helped fuel IWD activity. Generally the day has moved away from its socialist Suffragette beginnings to become more mainstream in celebrating women’s achievements. Women’s rights campaigners, however, continue to remind that vigilance rather than complacency is essential in striving for women’s equality.

Here is a handy link to the IWD Fact Sheet

Update: Another major event is scheduled, which will be On March 8th, 2011, the Women’s Information Network (WIN) will present fabulous LIVE celebrations in 10 cities across America which will be simultaneously live-streamed to women in 176 countries! Click here for list of participating countries

Women worldwide will connect to celebrate and honor women in many exciting ways. On huge screens they will watch celebrations (and see one another!) in New York, Washington DC/Baltimore, Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

Amazing women celebrities, athletes, political leaders, and experts will speak about women’s issues today and how, exactly, we can “Enlighten Women’s Hearts and Empower Women’s Minds … for a Better World.” There will be live musical entertainment, a powerful dramatic presentation called “We Did It For You” and much, much more!

On this day women from around the world will “Celebrate, Commit, and Connect.” They’ll celebrate like never before, and connect we will, as only we women can do, and commit to improve in 3 areas of their lives:

* Personal ~ improve their personal health and well being, and their businesses as employees, business owners, entrepreneurs.
* Family ~ help their families be healthier and prepare for the future right now.
* Country ~ let their voices be heard: to speak up, to make positive changes in their communities/countries.

For a list of events you can participate in click the following link: International Women’s Day 2011 Take Action

There is another possibility if you can’t participate in an event, you can go to carepackage.org and donate money for education, health care, and other help for women overseas.

International Women's Day 2011

So get out there and lets send a message on International Women’s Day 2011 that will be heard around the world! Peace my friends!

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