International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the role of women in the community, and wider society. International Women's Day has its roots in the labour movement at the beginning of the 20th century. The first International Women's Day was launched on 8 March 1911 in Copenhagen by Clara Zetkin, Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany. International Women's Day was honoured for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. 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.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate women's achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatrical performances, fashion parades and more.
Resources on International Women’s Day
There are a wide range of materials available to help schools celebrate International Women's Day. The United Nations Cyber School bus website contains material and lesson activities on International Women's Day.
Celebrate the achievements of women around the world on International Women's Day: Ideas for International Women’s Day.