Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.

The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

Balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage..

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Take a look at this excellent interactive timeline to highlight the contributions and milestones of Women in Film, TV, and Sports.

IWD have these selfie cards you can print off and then use the #BalanceforBetter “hands out” pose!

What’s the hands out pose? Get a group together. Everyone puts their hand out on each side, palms up (i.e. indicating balance) to show that you are committing to “balancing for better” and that you will challenge the status quo and help forge more equality for women. One of the group also holds the Selfie Card. Someone else takes a picture. Post on social media using the #BalanceforBetter hashtag so the International Women’s Day team can see!

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