International Women’s Day—originally called International Working Women’s Day—was first introduced in 1909 and celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women around the world. Taking place on March 8th, several activities are being organised in Barcelona’s ten districts to mark the occasion, including a series of exhibitions and film screenings. The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona will also run a number of debates, workshops and conferences. The university’s highlighted activity for this year will be a debate entitled: “Public employment policies are effective in achieving equality between men and women”. It has been jointly organised by the Observatory for Equality and the Community Activation Group, and will be held at the Collective Resource Centre in the Plaça Cívica on March 8th from 10am-5pm.
Despite the significant development made in women’s opportunities over recent decades, progress towards gender equality has unfortunately slowed in many places, and the World Economic Forum has now predicted that the global gender gap won’t close entirely until 2133. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’, and organisers of International Women’s Day have commented: “Everyone—men and women—can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly, whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”
Click here for more information on this year’s IWD events in Barcelona.