International Womens Day 2016
International Women's Day (8 March 2016) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
International Women's Day means different things to different people. For some it's a celebration, for others it's a call to action to accelerate gender parity, and for many it's an opportunity to align and promote relevant activity. This year marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
The International Women's Day theme is Pledging For Parity. Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
For more information please visit International Womens Day
Kit and Colleen from Girl Guides Australia attended the UN Women International Women's Day Breakfast Tuesday 8 March 2016.