International Women’s Day will look a lot different this year (Picture: LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)
People coming together to commemorate the social, political and cultural achievements made by women.
So when does International Women’s Day take place, and how can you get involved?
When is International Women’s Day in 2021?
Every year, people around the globe celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8.
Though the date is always the same, each year has a different theme – and this year’s is called #ChooseToChallenge.
International Women’s Day is often marked with huge rallies (Picture: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The theme usually affects the way the day is celebrated, and the types of events that are on offer.
On the topic of the theme, the International Women’s Day website states: ‘A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
‘We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
‘From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.’
When did International Women’s Day start?
Women’s Day dates back to 1908, and has occurred internationally for well over a century with the first gathering held in February, 1911.
That would make 2021’s International Women’s Day the 110th time the day has been celebrated.
International Women’s Day dates back to 1908 (Picture: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there – and this date has been used to commemorate Women’s Day ever since.
In 1975, the United Nations started recognising the day.
How is International Women’s Day celebrated?
The day is celebrated in a number of ways around the world – sometimes with gifts, events, protests and more.
2021’s IWD will likely be different to usual, as most events will take place virtually, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Over 500 events are expected to happen worldwide, and can be discovered on the day’s official website.
There are online events to get involved with this year (Picture: Paul Morigi/WireImage)
In the UK, IWD will be marked with musical performances, fun runs and walks, pop culture quizzes, bike rides and educational sessions.
Sometimes, International Women’s Day is celebrated in quirky ways: in 2019, a monument’s erection was painted over with a flower.
In some countries, men honour their mothers, wives, and girlfriends with small gifts or flowers on International Women’s Day.
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