International Women’s Day
“I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been.“
William Golding, Author
International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements – from the political to the social – while calling for gender equality. It is not affiliated with any one group, but unites governments, women’s organisations, corporations and charities.
On 19 March 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, while the United Nations began celebrating International Women’s Day in the International Women’s Year, 1975. IWD has only continued to grow over the years, and the theme this year is #BalanceforBetter, calling for professional and social equality. It focuses on innovative ways in which gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure, can be advanced. It is particularly appropriate that, from Monday, the next two weeks will see the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which is taking place in the UN Headquarters in New York.
“Let’s make sure women and girls can shape the policies, services and infrastructure that impact all our lives. And let’s support women and girls who are breaking down barriers to create a better world for everyone.” António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
Prime Production Ltd works with various international organisations seeking to empower women and improve their rights all across the word. Prime Production will also be providing interpretation services to various agencies in New York over the coming weeks for CSW.