Global women's day: union calls for action on teacher gender pay gap

International Women's Day is held on Thursday (March 8) this year, with events taking place across the country.

The combination of purple and green to symbolize women's equality originated from the Women's Social and Political Union in the United Kingdom in 1908, according to International Women's Day.

The first Women's Day was held February 28th 1909 in NY where women campaigned for better pay and voting rights.

The Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce is holding talks and workshops at Tillington Hall, Stafford, on March 8, to to give advice and inspire women in business.

The empowerment of rural women and girls will be a priority theme at the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in NY from 12 to 23 March. On this International Women's Day, we demand the higher authorities to ensure that all girls have an access to quality education - at least up till Grade 12.

Time to press for women’s progress in India

So I hope International Women's Day next year sees further opportunities open up for women as we all continue to #PressforProgress. Various messages and slogans that promote the day are also publicized during this time of the year.

"For any bank to question the commitment of a woman entrepreneur, they do not understand what it means to be a woman entrepreneur, you can not continue to fail as banks and financial institutions".

"We know that more women than men don't meet the eligibility criteria with nearly a third effectively being excluded from workplace pensions as they earn less than £10,000 a year", Smith said. A year later, the Socialist Party of America announced the very first National Woman's Day. It emphasises the importance of gender equality. "So together, let's all be tenacious in accelerating gender parity". It wasn't until 1920 that Congress passed the 19 Amendment allowing women to vote nationally. As we observe IWD at a time when movements like #MeToo have lent momentum to gender parity on a global level, it is time we realised that the road to equality is a universal one. Violence against women and girls is a violation of human rights, which threatens to stop women achieving their potential and limits the development of their family, community and nation. In the words of our lord and saviour Beyonce, "who run the world?"

From an worldwide perspective ANZASW stands ready to support the movement for women's rights and offers its total solidarity to those who fight for this urgent cause. Every year there is an official theme, but unofficially, many people use it as a day to remember all the women that have made an impact in their lives.

  • Leroy Wright