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International Women’s Day 2023

Published on 21 March 2023 | Modified on 21 March 2023

Written by Georgina Emery


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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated worldwide on 8th March each year to recognise the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and to call for gender equality.




The history of International Women’s Day dates back to the early 1900s when women in Europe and USA began to take action for better working conditions, voting rights and equal treatment under the law.


The first IWD was observed in 1911, and then in 1975, the United Nations officially marked the day. Since then, it has become a global event, celebrated by millions of people to recognise the progress that has been made, together with the work that still needs to be done as women around the world continue to face discrimination and gender-based violence, and are often underrepresented in positions of power and leadership.


IWD 2023


The theme of International Women’s Day 2023 is “#EmbraceEquity” which encourages people to discuss why equal opportunities aren’t enough – people start from all different places and so true inclusion and belonging require proper equitable action.


To embrace equity, we must understand the journey required to achieve women’s equality. This can be achieved by celebrating the many achievements of women in various fields, from politics and business to art and science.


In celebration of IWD 2023, some members of the Poole Alcock team attended the KTS International Women’s Day event where a number of inspirational women spoke about their experiences to celebrate and raise awareness surrounding IWD.


The future of IWD


In order to achieve gender equality and equity, it is important to address the root causes of gender-based discrimination and inequality, including cultural attitudes, institutionalized sexism, and unequal access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities. Governments, organisations, businesses and individuals all have a role to play in promoting gender equality and women’s rights.


We must continue to challenge gender norms and stereotypes, promote inclusivity and diversity, and work towards creating a world where women can live, work, and thrive without fear of discrimination or violence.


Here at Poole Alcock, we pride ourselves on being an inclusive employer and workplace where all are welcome and encouraged to create an environment where everybody feels safe and celebrated.


If you feel that we can do more to empower women and tackle discrimination, please do get in touch.

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