International Women’s Day: Equipping Women for Success

What Is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual global event occurring on 8 March, celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and serving as a moment to promote equal rights and remind us of the challenges women still face in many parts of the world. It’s a day for acknowledging women’s impact in their various spheres, advocating for gender equality, raising awareness about women’s rights, and reflecting on the strides made toward women’s empowerment.

The History of International Women’s Day

The origins of IWD can be traced back to the early 20th century, a period marked by industrialization, expansion in the labor movement, and the rise of radical ideologies. The first National Woman’s Day was observed in the United States in 1909, following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In 1910, at an International Socialist Women’s Conference, German revolutionary Clara Zetkin proposed the idea of an International Women’s Day, which was unanimously approved by over 100 women from 17 countries. This decision paved the way for the first International Women’s Day in 1911, celebrated by millions across Europe.

Over the decades, the day has grown in significance, becoming a focal point in the movement for women’s rights. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977 and has since been celebrated worldwide with various themes and campaigns each year. The 2024 International Women’s Day theme is “Invest in women: Accelerate progress.”

Today, IWD continues to be a powerful platform for highlighting the achievements of women and advocating for greater equality. Here’s how to participate in International Women’s Day this year, and how we at Generation are working year-round every year to invest in women and accelerate progress.

Engaging in International Women’s Day

Celebrating International Women’s Day can take many forms. Here are some ways to get involved:

  • Spreading awareness: Use social media platforms to share stories, facts, and information about women’s achievements and the challenges they face. Hashtags like #InternationalWomensDay and #IWD2024 can help amplify the message.
  • Educational events: Attend or organize workshops, seminars, and discussions on topics related to women’s rights, gender equality, women’s health and safety, and gender diversity in industries like tech.
  • Celebrating women’s achievements: Acknowledge and celebrate women who have made significant contributions in various fields, and the many achievements of women in your community and around the world.
  • Supporting women’s organizations: Many organizations — including us at Generation — work tirelessly to support and empower women. Consider donating to these organizations or volunteering your time.

How Generation Equips Women for Success

Through our innovative approach here at Generation, we provide education, training, and job placement services, focusing on helping individuals build sustainable careers.

Our methodology involves:

  • Structured employment programs: Offering programs tailored to meet the needs of various industries, ensuring that learners acquire relevant and practical skills.
  • Mentorship and support: Providing mentorship and training, equipping women with the confidence and resilience needed for the workplace.
  • Career placement assistance: Helping women find employment opportunities that match their skills and aspirations.

Our approach equips women with the necessary skills to enter the workforce and helps break down barriers to employment. Over 56,000 women around the globe have transformed their lives through our employment programs, with 87% of our women graduates gaining employment within six months of completing the Generation program. And we’re just getting started.

Support Generation and Empower Women Around the Globe

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let us not only reflect on the achievements and progress made but also recognize the work that still needs to be done. Organizations like ours play a crucial role in empowering women, equipping them with the skills and confidence needed to succeed in meaningful employment.

You can be a part of this change. Consider donating today! Your support will help further our mission of providing women with the training and opportunities they need to break into life-changing careers. Together, we can make a difference and continue the journey towards gender equality and empowerment for women around the world.

At Generation, our mission is to train, support, and place people into otherwise inaccessible career opportunities that can change their lives. Explore our employment programs to see the professions we support, or donate today to help us create career opportunities for our learners!