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International Women’s Day: “What it means to me”

by ARC NWC Public Adviser Dorcas Akeju OBE 

March 8th marks International Women’s Day (IWD), a globally recognised occasion commemorating the remarkable advancements and indispensable contributions of women in every aspect of society. This annual event serves as a powerful catalyst, sparking conversations, actions, and initiatives aimed at accelerating progress towards gender parity worldwide. 

Throughout history, International Women’s Day has played a pivotal role in advocating for gender equality, reproductive rights, and the elimination of violence and abuse against women. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women while also acknowledging the ongoing challenges they face in achieving true equality. 

This year, as we observe International Women’s Day 2024 under the theme of ‘Investing in women: Accelerate progress’, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) sheds light on the crucial intersection of work and gender equality. Recognising that economic empowerment is central to women’s empowerment, the theme emphasises the importance of investing in initiatives that promote women’s participation in the workforce, ensure fair wages, and create opportunities for career advancement. 

The symbolic colours associated with International Women’s Day – purple, green, and white – hold deep significance. Purple symbolises justice and dignity, reflecting the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the quest for fair treatment and respect for women worldwide. Green represents hope, serving as a beacon of optimism for a future where women’s rights are fully realised. White, though historically controversial, is a symbol of purity, calling attention to the inherent worth and integrity of every woman. 

As we mark International Women’s Day 2024, let us reaffirm our commitment to advancing the rights and opportunities of women everywhere. Together, let us continue to work towards a world where gender equality is not just an aspiration but a reality for all. 

To learn more about International Women’s Day and how you can get involved in promoting gender equality, visit [insert link to relevant blog or website here]. 

Let us celebrate the achievements of women past, present, and future, and strive towards a more equitable and inclusive world for all. 

Here is a link to a video from when we have previously celebrated International Women’s Day at ARC NWC for the Break the Bias Campaign in 2022.
Click here.

Happy International Women’s Day! 


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