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International Women’s Day (IWD), held on 8 March, marks a celebration of the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women. The first IWD was held in central Europe in 1911.

Since then, IWD has increased in status and is now an official holiday in 27 countries. Organisations and governments around the world hold events in March to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

The UN theme for 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, aimed at “recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world, who are leading the charge on climate change adaptation, mitigation, and response, to build a more sustainable future for all”.

A second theme chosen by the International Women’s Day website is  “#BreakTheBias”. The IWD website says:

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough. Action is needed to level the playing field.

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