MARCH 08, 2021

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also
marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

Observed annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year as we celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity and help forge positive change for women.

Women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, representing 54% of overall job losses. But the “role model effect” is
helping to close the gender gap, Research shows. The crucial role played by women in the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is being celebrated this International Women’s Day (IWD).

We celebrate “Women in leadership in achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” the theme for IWD 2021 on 8 March aims to highlight the role women have been playing at the forefront of the global health crisis – as health workers and caregivers, community organizers and innovators.

Female leaders such as female heads of government, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, have been praised for their roles in response to COVID-19, but remain under-represented in decision-making.

International Women’s Day 2021 focuses on the role women can play in ‘building back better’, thanks to the different skills
and experience.