IWD Press for Progress Theme

International Women's Day 2018 campaign theme:
#PressforProgress

Gender parity won't happen overnight. And sources cite that women's equality is still a long way off.

But the good news is that across the world, women are making positive gains, day by day. And there's a strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support.

But we can't be complacent. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Together, let's be tenacious in really accelerating gender parity. Collectively, let's all Press for Progress.


Collectively we can all play a part

Collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women's Day successful. Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. International Women's Day belongs to all communities everywhere - governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation - everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for greater gender parity.

So make International Women's Day YOUR day and do what you can to truly make a difference for women.
Press for Progress!


Order IWD 2018 Event Packs

Organising a 2018 International Women's Day event? Register or login to your IWD account for details and to order your International Women's Day 2018 Event Packs. IWD banner, bunting, wristbands, balloons and more - everything you need to help make your IWD events a huge success. Worldwide shipping available. Individual and bulk orders welcome. Orders fulfilled on a first-come basis.

International Women's Day Event Pack

2018 IWD partnership opportunities open

If your organisation is interested in learning more about IWD sponsorship, please make contact as soon as possible.


Send us your #PressforProgress pictures

Want us to promote and amplify your support for accelerating gender parity? Send us your best #PressforProgress pictures showing your commitment to gender parity and we'll be sharing some of the most engaging images on the IWD website and via social media channels.


2017 IWD campaign theme was #BeBoldforChange

For International Women's Day 2017 and beyond, individuals and organisations were encouraged to #BeBoldforChange by taking ground breaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women. Many influencers around the world committed to bold action to accelerate gender parity, acknowledging their responsibility to do what they can to forge a more gender inclusive world. Have you submitted your #BeBoldforChange action yet?

Back in 2016, organisations and individuals around the world were invited to support the #PledgeforParity campaign and commit to helping women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenge conscious and unconscious bias; call for gender-balanced leadership; value women and men's contributions equally; and create inclusive flexible cultures. From awareness raising to concrete action, organisations rallied their people to pledge support to help forge gender parity on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond.

Each one of us - with women, men and non-binary people joining forces - can be a leader within our own spheres of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity. Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women advance and unleash the limitless potential offered to economies the world over. We have urgent work to do - together!


Looking for International Women's Day resources and support?

International Women's Day 2018 resources will soon be made available. However, in the meantime you can:

  • Submit your events or publish a page.
  • Read International Women's Day news from across the world ... and more.

Follow the weblinks below for 2017 support.

  • Access International Women's Day #BeBoldforChange resources and activity guidance.
  • Watch the International Women's Day videos or use them as an inspiring resource at events.