“Women’s economic empowerment is central to a gender equal world. When women are given equal opportunities to learn, earn and lead – entire communities thrive”.

– UN Women Australia 2024

International Women’s Day (IWD), observed annually on March 8th, is a global celebration of the achievements and contributions of women throughout history. It is a day to recognise progress, acknowledge challenges, and rally for gender equality.

Each year the theme for IWD often reflects current global issues and aspirations. In 2024, the theme is ‘Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress’. IWD provides a reminder we need to continue to create pathways for greater economic inclusion for women and girls.

IWD serves as a platform to honour the trailblazing women who have paved the way for progress in various fields. From science and technology to politics and the arts, women continue to break through overcome significant obstacles, inspiring future generations to dream big and achieve even bigger.

While celebrating achievements, it’s crucial to acknowledge that there is still work to be done. Gender disparities persist in many parts of the world, affecting women’s access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. IWD becomes a call to action, encouraging individuals and communities to actively contribute to creating a more equitable society.

As we celebrate IWD in 2024, let us reflect on the progress made, acknowledge the challenges that persist, and renew our commitment to creating a world where every woman and girl can live free from discrimination and fulfil her potential. The collective efforts of individuals, communities, and nations are essential in building a more inclusive and equal future for everyone.

Visit the UN Women Australia website for more information.