International Women’s Day – 8 March 2020







International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday 8 March in 2020 will focus on the theme: I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights, or put quite simply: ‘An equal world is an enabled world’.

The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The year 2020 is a pivotal year for advancing gender equality worldwide, as the global community takes stock of progress made for women’s rights since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995. It will also mark several other galvanizing moments in the gender equality movement: a five-year milestone towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; and the 10th anniversary of UN Women.

Despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more, earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces.

Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let’s promote #EachforEqual and #GenderEquality so that, by 2030, the battle is won. Action needs to start now!

Please use the theme in planning for your IWD events and publicity. When we speak with one voice, using similar language – as we saw during the 16 days of activism against violence against women – we can make a real impact.

A set of preprepared social media messages, a template press release and other online collateral are available via the SIGBI members only area. Social Media posts should include a picture of yourself, or a group of people, striking the Equal Sign pose.

We will be evaluating the impact too, so please use your website, retweet, like and share messages from other Soroptimists, including using #soroptitweet so that we can achieve even greater reach.

The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.

Let’s get the message out there! #EachforEqual, #GenderEquality

Make sure to check the Social Media Toolkit for social media messages, images and press releases for Clubs to use.