In 1910, the 2nd International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. Clara Zetkin, leader of the ‘Women’s Office’ for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day.
Clara proposed that every year, in every country, there should be a celebration of Women’s Day on the same day to press for women’s demands. The Conference of over 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties, working women’s clubs, and including the first three women elected to the Finnish parliament, greeted Carla’s suggestion with unanimous approval — and International Women’s Day was born!
Worldwide, women continue to contribute to economic, social, cultural, and political achievements. We have much to celebrate today, but progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places around the world.
The 2014 World Economic Forum predicted that it would take until 2095 to achieve gender parity globally. In 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133. We have urgent work to do. So, how do we want to celebrate International Women’s Day in 2016?
International Women’s Day 1910 – 2016. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?
This year, we can all pledge to take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity more quickly in many different ways. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence.
Globally, with men and women joining forces, and with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action, we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies and cultures the world over. Commit to take the Pledge to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity on International Women’s Day 2016 and beyond.
Make a Pledge to:
- help women and girls achieve their ambitions
- challenge conscious and unconscious bias
- call for gender-balanced leadership
- value women and men’s contributions equally
- create inclusive, flexible cultures
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