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International Women’s Day (IWD) is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.
Acknowledging the contributions of local women is essential to realize true equality and respect in our homes, our workplaces, and in New Brunswick society as a whole.
IWD was first declared in 1910 with the first event held in 1911.
The challenge for this year is to make the women of the past proud, the women of current inspired, and the women of the future envisioned. Women have made great strides in equality yet there is still a great deal to be achieved. The IWD will provide a unique and global opportunity to reignite, inspire and channel women’s equality for the future.
This celebration guide provides options for activities with a goal to assist communities and organizations n creating an opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate women’s contributions and successes as we stand in solidarity and join in one voice for all women.
The activities and resources herein are suggestions. There are many ways to celebrate IWD and it is at the discretion of each community to determine what’s most appropriate. So get creative! have fun! and help celebrate and recognize women during IWD!
Women’s Day Celebration Speech
Thank you all for attending the International Women’s Day celebration.
This year we are thrilled to have you join us in supporting and celebrating this day.
Established in 1911, International Women’s Day is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. It is a day in which women from around the world unite in thoughts, prayers, struggles, hopes, and dreams.
Women’s accomplishments in education, business, science, art, medicine, public service, athletics, and every other field have made our world better and stronger.
Today, we celebrate the women in our lives. They are the cornerstones of our communities working tirelessly and making countless differences in the lives of those around them. We are gathered in spirit with all our sisters to acknowledge:
- those in small remote villages, mountains, deserts, and refugee camps;
- those living in mud and straw thatched homes, large urban cities, and rural countryside;
- those in the workplace, the poor, the rich, and the unemployed;
- those in our schools, colleges and universities,
- those who are mothers, working women, and those who do both.
- those who are single, married, divorced or widowed; those who are young, older or physically disabled; and
- those whom we know and those who are strangers;
Today we honor:
the women of the past: those who stood up for change and fought for the rights that we live and enjoy today;
the women of the present: those who are in this room today and those women around the world who use their voice to help make our world a better place for women; and the
women of the future: those who will continue to champion women’s voices, to break barriers, and keep visible women’s achievements and plights.
Today, we unite to make the women of the past proud, the women of the present inspired, and provide the women of the future with vision.
As we take a moment to reflect and hold in our thoughts all the women of the world, we invite you to light your candles of solidarity to symbolize our connection with them and with each other.
Engaging topics and angles to cover
Some engaging topics and angles to include in International Women’s Day speeches and presentations include:
- The rise of women is not about the fall of men
- Everyone can play a role in forging gender parity
- Gender balance is not solely a women’s issue, but also an economic issue
- What is bias and how does it play out?
- Advocacy, inclusive mindsets and tangible action are needed from all
Speeches and presentations can reference successful women and their achievements and this can provide great context for the speech or presentation and its audience.
Consider using a powerful and engaging IWD video to set some context for a speech and presentation.
Key points to convey
Some engaging angles to elaborate upon may include:
- Many societies have moved on from women having to succeed in a man’s world
- Gender stereotypes are being challenged and diverse representation of women is more evident
- There is still a continuing need worldwide for more progressive mindsets and inclusive behaviors to be forged
- There are many examples of gender bias – both conscious and unconscious – and each impacts women
- Collectively everyone everywhere can strive for women’s equality and continue to make positive gains
Setting some interesting historical context
The path to women’s equality has been long and challenging, and here are some reasons why. Each stage provided an important focus in forging the gender agenda further along.
- Activism: In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, women activists fought hard for equality. The focus was largely on securing the right to vote and equal pay for equal work. These two issues – women’s voice and participation in government; and the gender pay gap – largely remain key priorities well over a century later.
- Feminism: Fast-forward to the 1970’s and widespread feminist action saw women rallying, protesting and lobbying hard for inclusion, influence and equality. Feminists faced many challenges – systemic and societal – not only from opposing men, but also from other women.
- Fix the women: The 1980’s saw an array of “Fix the Women” programs that were well-meaning in trying to help women become more confident, visible, well-networked and assertive – but many reinforced a notion that women needed to “act like men” and “fit” into existing patriarchal structures and organizations if they were to succeed (all while still being a superwoman in the home). Shoulder pads, power suits, high heels and a loud voice were in fashion.
- Change the organization – The 1990’s and noughties focused on organizational development: “Maybe if we change or fix the organizational structures, women will thrive?” So a focus on areas like ‘women in the boardroom’ escalated, as did more diverse recruiting, inclusive talent pipelines, and attention to wider diversity groups beyond gender such as race, LGBT+ and so forth. The introduction of “Top Company” and “Top Women” style lists occurred and as they increased in popularity, the number of new lists launched each year increased exponentially. The number of women’s conferences and networks also increased significantly – and continue to play an important and necessary role across all countries. The volume of gender-related research also increased – new insight, new terms and understandings, new phrases, measurement of the extent of problems or success; hard facts and numbers; incremental data.
- Men as allies: In more recent years, men as advocates and champions of change has been recognized as a major trend in accelerating women’s equality. Many progressive CEOs and influential leaders have committed via formal public channels to helping build diverse and inclusive organizations that challenge stereotypes and bias.
- Now the world expects inclusivity: And so here we are. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and the significant global rise in International Women’s Day activity in every corner of the world – along with the many female-focused days and initiatives around the world – mean gender is firmly on the agenda. As expectations rise and information spreads faster and wider than ever before, organizations face unprecedented scrutiny from candidates, consumers, communities, investors, governments, and the media in terms of their support for and treatment or women. Many employers now publicly publish annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) reports and participate in various indices and accolades.
Gender-related conversations and activities are certainly on the rise. Over the years, the term “International Women’s Day” was the most discussed topic on Facebook by millions (even more than the Super Bowl). And back in 2018, Pantone’s ‘Color of the Year’ was purple (i.e. women’s color).
Everywhere, gender is on the mainstream radar and impacts the narrative. Stereotypes, discrimination, and bias are more likely to be called out. Men’s role in society is more varied and gender roles are more fluid.
We are moving to a very exciting time in history where the world now “expects” diversity, equity, and inclusion. The world notices its absence and celebrates its presence.
Step back over the years. For example, International Women’s Day 2016 saw people worldwide being asked to support women’s equality and develop an inclusive mindset via a #PledgeforParity. Then for International Women’s Day 2017, the world was asked to #BeBoldforChange and identify tangible action to help accelerate gender parity.
International Women’s Day 2018 saw a massive #PressforProgress as the world stepped forward to push the boundaries and go beyond in achieving greater equality for women.
International Women’s Day 2019 saw groups continue to play a critical role in helping forge a more gender-balanced world as we worked towards a #BalanceforBetter.
International Women’s Day 2020, amidst the pandemic, saw an important wave of collective individualism as we all strived to be #EachforEqual – because we know that an equal world is an enabled world. Then in 2021, we saw widespread global adoption of the #ChooseToChallenge theme as groups committed to actively watching for and calling out inequity.
Now in 2023,International Women’s Day 2023: “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”
This concludes today’s event.
We sincerely thank each and every one of you for partaking in this celebration of women. We hope this year is filled with much happiness and success for each and every one of you, and look forward to your ongoing contributions and achievements that help make this (town/city, province, country, world) a better place for all women.
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