What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day of recognition and celebration, marking the achievements of women and inspiring action to achieve greater gender equality and justice.
IWD has been observed since the early 1900s, beginning with women marching to demand voting rights, better pay, an end to discrimination, and more. In 1910, at the second International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, over 100 women representing 17 countries voted unanimously to recognize International Women’s Day as an annual event. IWD has been celebrated on March 8 every year since 1913.
IWD has grown year after year, reaching women and communities in developed and developing countries alike. Women’s organizations around the world have observed IWD by holding events that honor women’s progress, while also emphasizing the importance of continued action to ensure that gender justice is achieved and maintained. Many governments also participate in recognizing International Women’s Day, and IWD is now an official holiday in over 25 countries. In addition, the United Nations holds an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women’s social, political, and economic rights.
Through these thousands of events, locally and globally, we are united in our celebration and renewed in our efforts.
How does the NRCDV recognize IWD?
At the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, we celebrate IWD each year by partnering with an artist, art collective, or organization to commission or purchase a piece of artwork that honors the struggles and successes that women face. Our goal through this is to lift up our partner and share their message, campaign, vision, and work nationally.
In a partnership with National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) the photograph The Silenced Sister by Cody Hammer, a member of the Cherokee Nation and descendant of the Muskogee Creek Nation was chosen as our 2019 piece. This piece was chosen to help spread awareness of the dire issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) by representing the woman or girl who was silenced and was always in the crowd.
I care deeply about this topic as a father, son, and husband of Indigenous women. Bringing awareness to these cases and legislation means that my daughters might have a safer future. A future where they aren’t scared of being taken or find out that someone they care for has been taken. MMIWG is the reason why I protect my family to the best of my abilities and advocate for the fallen sisters that can’t advocate for themselves. – Cody Hammer
In addition, this year the NRCDV Radio also released a podcast featuring Cody Hammer for IWD entitled International Women’s Day 2019: Honoring our Indigenous Sisters.
How can I participate in IWD in my area?
IWD events are held in cities all across the world on March 8 and in the days and weeks surrounding International Women’s Day. You can search for events in your area here. You and your organization can also plan events of your own to mark this significant day.
How can I Partner with NRCDV?
Every year NRCDV partners with either an individual artist, collective, or a an organization to make our IWD possible. If you are interested in partnering as an artist, art collective, or organization to share your vision for IWD please reach out to nrcdvTA@nrcdv.org.