It’s almost time for International Women’s Day – an opportunity for people to celebrate women’s achievements and fight discrimination across the globe.

The event was borne from the suffrage movement of the early 20th century, with the earlier known version a “Women’s Day” organised by the Socialist Party of America in New York in 1909.

These days, International Women’s Day describes itself as “a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

“The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality”.

Beyond raising awareness, the day is a great opportunity to raise money for female-focused charities and raise awareness about women’s equality – here’s everything you need to know about the event.

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What is this year’s International Women’s Day theme?

The 2023 International Women’s Day (IWD) theme is ‘Embrace Equity’.

The campaign website explains: “The aim of the IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme is to get the world talking about why equal opportunities aren’t enough.

“People start from different places, so true inclusion and belonging require equitable action.

“The IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity campaign theme seeks to get the world talking about why ‘equal opportunities are no longer enough’ – and can in fact be exclusionary, rather than inclusive.”

When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day is on Wednesday, 8 March 2023. International Men’s Day is on 19 November, 2023.

How can I get involved?

You can find a variety of IWD events here.

You can also search for speakers if you are hosting your own event.

If you are organising a celebration, the IWD have event packs provide everything you need to mark the day.

As well as joining events, the campaign encourages people to take a photo hugging themselves, and to then send that image in to the IWF site.

You can explore some of the many #EmbraceEquity images that are being sent in to the campaign from across the world.

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