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International Women’s Day 2021

poster with woman with raised hand and the words International Women's Day 2021

International Women’s Day 2021, on 8 March, is a global day. On this day around the world we celebrate women’s achievements. And there are many social, economic, cultural and political achievements to celebrate.

What’s more, the day is also a call to action. Let’s make gender parity happen faster. See JNC staff calling for action in this video>>.

There is activity worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

It’s a day when many groups and organisations raise awareness of how much has still to be done. Yes, there’s still much to do to ensure equality for women.

This year, the International Women’s Day campaign theme is ‘Choose To Challenge. A challenged world is an alert world. And from challenge comes change. So let’s all #ChooseToChallenge. Let’s help to create a gender equal world by raising awareness against bias. And by taking action to promote equality.


International Women’s Day facts

The colours

Purple, green and white are the colours of International Women’s Day. Purple stands for justice and dignity, and green symbolises hope. And white represents purity. (This concept, though, is quite controversial.) The colours originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the UK. And the year of origin is 1908 – so we’ve been using the colours for well over a century.

IWD belongs to everyone

International Women’s Day is not country, group, or organisation specific. In other words, no single group is fully responsible for this day. This means no government, NGO, charity or corporation. And it means no academic institution, women’s network, or media hub. The day belongs to all groups collectively. All groups everywhere.

The history

  • International Women’s Day has run for well over a century. The first gathering took place in 1911.
  • The United Nations celebrated International Women’s Day for the first time in 1975.

For more details about the history and milestones, see

JNC: a history of supporting women

For more than 45 years, JNC has been supporting the women in our community. We offer family support, support for women experiencing domestic violence, social support for older women, and more. Please see this link>>> to find out more.

More about International Women’s Day 2021 on this link>>>


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