International Women's Day

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AKA NameInt'le Vrouwendag
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2024 Date8 March 2024
2025 Date8 March 2025

International Women's Day

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International Women's Day is a global observance held annually to honor women's achievements and promote gender equality. It acknowledges the historical and modern struggles of women, underscoring the importance of women's rights and their vital role in societal developments. The day consists of various activities such as rallies, conferences, award ceremonies, and cultural exhibitions. These events aim to raise awareness of the ongoing fight for women's rights and the challenges on the journey towards gender parity.

The first International Women’s Day took place in 1911 and was celebrated in several European nations including The Netherlands. Dutch women have actively participated in advocating and battling for gender equality making it a significant event in the country. The day is specifically important to Dutch society due to its engagement in the global discourse on gender rights, acknowledge the contributions of Dutch women in various fields and provides a platform to discuss policies around women's rights in The Netherlands.

In The Netherlands, International Women’s Day is observed through diverse activities all aimed at promoting women's rights. These include workshops, seminars, theatrical productions and art exhibitions among others, with participation from corporations, government institutions, and community organizations. The goal is not only to celebrate but also to reflect on progress made and highlight areas for improvement. International Women's Day takes place each year on the 8th of March, however, events related to the observance often occur throughout the month in The Netherlands.

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Facts about International Women's Day

  • The theme for International Women's Day in 2023 was #BreakTheBias.
  • The United Nations Officially Adopted International Women's Day In 1975.
  • There is one universal truth, applicable to all countries, cultures and communities: violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Top things to do in Netherlands for International Women's Day

  • Attend one of many popular Women’s day events including: WeCon Women's Empowerment Conference (Austin, TX), Women of the World Festival (UK), and The Empowerment Bridge (NYC).
  • If you’re a man, show appreciation by performing a chore for your special lady that is typically done by her. This may include cooking, cleaning, child care or anything that the special woman in your life does.
  • Attend a Film festivals, screenings or conference. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) sometimes showcases relevant documentaries during this time. Organizations like Women Inc., She Matters, and TEDxAmsterdamWomen often host IWD events.
  • Attend a March or Parade: Many Dutch cities, such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, organize marches to raise awareness about women's rights, gender equality, and to celebrate women's achievements.

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