The International Women’s Day (IWD) theme for 2015 is Make It Happen, a theme that shows how women are changing perceptions about what they can do, challenging stereotypes and achieving in all areas of life.
All around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
‘Manchester continues to highlight
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for the International Women’s Day global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.
Each year International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
Various organisations identify their own International Women’s Day theme, specific to their local context and interests. Many charities, NGOs and Governments also adopt a relevant theme or campaign to mark the day. For example, organisations like the UN, Oxfam, Women for Women, Care International, Plan, World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and more – run exciting and powerful campaigns that raise awareness and encourage donations for good causes. The UN has been declaring an annual equality theme for many years.
The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Sue Cooley, said: “Manchester continues to highlight women’s achievements and the ongoing struggle for gender equality by celebrating International Women’s Day annually, which we have done for over twenty-five years. It is as important today to continue to mark these celebrations as it was when we started all those years ago.”
International Women’s Day is an opportunity for women to share their diverse and unique stories and learn more about famous women in the past.
Councillor Josie Teubler, Manchester City Council’s Lead Member for Women and Chairwoman of the IWD Steering Group, explained: “International Women’s Day is an important landmark in the calendar and we are proud to continue to look at new and fresh ways in which to inspire and celebrate women in our city. Manchester women have always been inspired by those who led the way in this city and beyond.”
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