International Women’s Day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, IWD is a national holiday. The first IWD was run in 1911. Next year is IWD Global Centenary 1911-2011.

The International Women’s Day Planning Committee is an open group that is made up of a diverse range of organizations and individuals committed to women’s equality. In the past two years we have worked to plan events on or around International Women’s Day.

We will come together to plan our celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day March, 8th, 2011. We will bring our hopes for the future and our joy in past achievements on our road to women’s equality and global justice.

In working together we will have the deepest respect for each other, we will each listen and speak in order to better understand and appreciate our diversity. Each will come with their own particular issues, one no less important than another. In harmony we can find a common thread and let nothing divide us.

Women united can never be defeated. If this is how you feel, join us to help organize a celebration of 100 years of women’s advancement for March 8, 2011.

Annually on or near March 8, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

2010 event

In Vancouver, members of a variety of organizations including Oxfam Canada, Amnesty International, the We Can Coalition, unions, and local women’s organizations teamed up to celebrate International Women’s Day with a rally and conference  on Saturday, March 6 called, Women’s Voices at the Table.” The “at the table” concept was part of a broadly-based Canadian and global civil society campaign to mobilize women to be heard and to declare our right to be “at the table” with leaders at the G8/20 meetings taking place in Canada in June 2010.