International Women's Day 2016: Change Her Future
International Women’s Day is held annually on 8 March — a day that has long been observed as an opportunity for asserting equality for women’s social, political and working rights.
International Women’s Day (IWD) provides women, often divided by national boundaries and cultural, economic and political differences with an opportunity to come together to discuss issues and celebrate achievements. It is also a day that challenges all Australians to decide the quality of the legacy to be passed onto future generations of working women.
On Tuesday 8 March IEU Chapters are encouraged to demonstrate their support for the theme of “Change her future”.
View photos from chapter celebrations below.
History of IWD
The first International Women’s Day rallies were held in March 1911, initiating what would become a world-wide movement to champion the cause of equality for women. In Australia, the first IWD rally was held at the Sydney Domain in 1928.
Violence against women and girls is a serious problem, but one that is entirely preventable
The global IWD theme for 2016 is “Pledge for Parity”, drawing attention to the need to accelerate the push towards gender parity. However, this year we are asking chapters to observe the Australian National Committee for UN Women's theme of “Change her future”, which addresses the significant issue of violence against women and girls. Violence against women and girls is a serious problem that is entirely preventable and we all have a role to play to end violence at home and around the world.
- 1 in 3 Australian women will experience violence in her lifetime.
- In the Pacific, as many as 2 in 3 women will experience violence in their lifetimes.
- In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, as many as 100% of women report experiencing sexual or physical violence.
In 2016, our union is doing its part to increase the profile of issues and problems that affect women in their domestic and professional lives, including holding a special industrial and professional issues conference on Saturday 12 March.