International Women’s Day 2022 theme, the history of IWD and why we celebrate
International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on 8 March, and 2022 is no different.
It’s intended as a date to mark the many social, economic and political achievements of women across the world.
International Women’s Day is a vital outlet that allows millions of people to stand up for women’s rights, female empowerment and gender equality, as well as honouring trailblazing women throughout history.
International Women’s Day 2022 theme
The official theme for IWD 2022 is “Break the Bias”, recognising the need for a world that is diverse and equal, and free of stereotypes and discrimination, a message that’s needed more than ever as gender-based violence, including violence against trans women, continues to be a threat to women around the globe.
Last year’s theme was #Choosetochallenge, which focused on the need to call out gender bias and inequality. Before that, the International Women’s Day 2020 theme was #EachforEqual, which recognised the actions we can take as individuals to challenge stereotypes and celebrate women’s achievements.
The International Women’s Day website reads:
“Imagine a gender equal world.
“A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
“Together we can forge women’s equality.Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.”
What can you do this International Women’s Day?
Firstly, simply become part of the conversation. Join with the hashtag #BreakTheBias on Twitter and have your say.
Knowing that #bias exists isn’t enough. We all need to take action to #BreakTheBias 🙅♀️ So if you're looking for #IWDresources to guide your #InternationalWomensDay activity, download the #IWD2022 @LeanInOrg toolkit to help drive change 👉🏽 https://t.co/JiBvd40ET7 pic.twitter.com/Q9ssWNbSdP
— Women's Day (@womensday) March 6, 2022
Next, you can strike a pose. Use the hashtag #IWD2022 or #BreakTheBias and post it alongside a picture of you on social media.
The pose for 2022 is arms crossed across the chest, to “show solidarity” and commit to “calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it”.
How can I get involved with International Women’s Day 2022?
You can donate, celebrate, collaborate, volunteer, sponsor and do so many more things.
One thing you can do is watch the purposeful IWD videos as discussion starters, or broadcast them at IWD events to educate, motivate, challenge, and inspire audiences. You can also develop and submit your own #BreakTheBias videos for potential inclusion.
Other direct action you can take is to fundraise for a women-focused charity. IWD provides an important opportunity to fundraise and call for donations to support the ever-important work of gender equality-focused charities.
The IWD charities of choice are currently the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and Catalyst, a global nonprofit working with companies around the world to build workplaces that work for women.
Another thing you can do is search the IWD Supplier Directory to source and support women-owned local businesses – from photographers and caterers to PR and more.
International Women’s Day history
The first National Woman’s Day, as it was originally named, was celebrated in the US on February 28, 1909.
The national date was formed to honour women who protested the year before. The protest occurred in New York City in 1908, led by a Ukrainian suffragist named Clara Lemlich. 15,000 female garment workers went on strike. They demanded better pay, shorter working hours and improved working conditions.