Each year around the world, International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. Hundreds of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.
Organisations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.
THEME: So while many people may think there is one global theme each year, this is not always correct. It is completely up to each country and group as to what appropriate theme they select.
Below are some of the global United Nation themes used for International Women's Day to date:
- 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women
- 2008: Investing in Women and Girls
- 2006: Women in decision-making
- 2004: Women and HIV/AIDS
- 2000: Women Uniting for Peace
- 1998: Women and Human Rights
- 1997: Women at the Peace Table