The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) #WomensDay for 2019 is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, which puts innovation by women and girls, for women and girls, at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality. It gives everyone the opportunity to recognise the extraordinary resilience, courage and determination of all women.
In healthcare in the UK, although women constitute around 70% of the NHS workforce, they are still held back from progressing through the ranks into senior roles – this is also the case in the nursing profession where the majority of staff identify as women. There is considerable work to do around the gender pay gap too and encouraging young women into science and technology is crucial for diverse thinking and ideas in the relevant fields.
IWD generates considerable activity around the globe. It is an official holiday in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
You can search for an event near you at the IWD website.