Learn about International Women’s Day and how to celebrate the day with World Bicycle Relief.
WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the achievements of women as well as a call to action to accelerate gender equality around the world.
WHEN IS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY?
International Women’s Day is always celebrated on March 8.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY HISTORY
International Women’s Day has a long history in the West dating back to 1909. In 1975, the United Nations General Assembly made the holiday globally recognized by inviting member states to declare March 8 a day for women’s rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Since then, the UN has created an annual theme for International Women’s Day.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THEME
In 2017, the United Nations’ International Women’s Day theme is #BeBoldForChange. Last year, leaders across the world pledged to take actions as heads of gender parity not only on International Women’s day but everyday. By 2030, the UN seeks to end poverty through the achievement of 17 goals under the 2030 Agenda. Some of these stand-alone goals in the Agenda are:
- gender equality
- challenge conscious and unconscious bias
- empowerment of women and girls
Other key targets of the 2030 Agenda are to ensure inclusivity as well as quality education for girls and boys.
HOW TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
World Bicycle Relief’s education program has always focused on girls. 70% of students in our Bicycles for Educational Empowerment Program (BEEP) are girls. In developing regions of the world where distance is a challenge, our bicycles help girl students get to class on time, safe and ready to learn.
Girls in developing regions of the world face many challenges that prevent them from achieving their dreams. In Africa, girls have household chores and domestic responsibilities that they are expected to fulfill alongside schoolwork. Many girls have so many morning chores that they often cannot get to school or start their lessons on time. Distance to school is also a challenge as girls who walk long distances face more safety concerns along the route than boys.
Through a durable, rugged Buffalo Bicycle, both boys and girls have the opportunity to achieve a quality education by overcoming the challenge of distance in rural regions of the world.
CELEBRATE BY DONATING TO WBR
Consider making a donation to World Bicycle Relief in celebration of International Women’s Day to help empower girls with bicycles. With bicycles, girl students can finish their chores, make it to school on time despite the distance, and feel refreshed enough to pay attention in class.
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CELEBRATE BY FUNDRAISING FOR WBR
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than through fundraising? If you’re active, you can make it your day by riding with friends in support of women. If you’re creative, you can fundraise through your art– whether it’s crafting, baking or merrymaking! Make your fundraiser in support of women generally or in honor of a special woman in your life.
CELEBRATE BY USING THE IWD HASHTAG
The International Women’s Day hashtag is #BeBoldForChange. Support World Bicycle Relief’s work by sharing your commitment to women through The Power of Bicycles. Use #IWD and #PowerofBicycles to let your family, friends and network know about our work to achieve empowerment for women and girls.