International Women’s Day

Published: 08 March 2018


Each year the day is celebrated with a theme, this year that theme is #PressforProgress

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull poses for a selfie with students during a visit to Burwood Girls High School on International Womens Day
Image 2018 AAP Image/Brendan Esposito

Today is International Women's Day, a day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women across society and around the world.

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911.

International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere, governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more.

Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation.

Each year the day is celebrated with a theme, this year that theme is #PressforProgress.

With the World Economic Forum's 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.

And with global activism for women's equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more, there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

International Women's Day is not country, group or organisation specific.

The day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere.

Together, we can all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity.

So, make International Women's Day a day where you truly make a positive difference for women.

Let's all Press for Progress.