International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme:

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​ Make IWD your day – everyday.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter
The future is exciting. Let’s build a gender-balanced world.

Everyone has a part to play – all the time, everywhere.

From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. We notice its absence and celebrate its presence.

Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter.

International Women’s Day 2019 events


From concerts and conferences to fun runs and festivals – celebrate International Women’s Day with friends, family or colleagues. Raise awareness, celebrate achievement or rally for change. Help forge a more gender-balanced world. Help drive a #BalanceforBetter.

Search for an exciting International Women’s Day 2019 event to attend, or publish your own.

Use the #BalanceforBetter “hands out” pose

What’s the hands out pose? Get a group together. Everyone puts their hand out on each side, palms up (i.e. indicating balance) to show that you are committing to “balancing for better” and that you will challenge the status quo and help forge more equality for women. One of the group also holds the Selfie Card. Someone else takes a picture. Post on social media using the #BalanceforBetter hashtag so the IWD Team may re-post to amplify your commitment.