International Women's Day

Each year on March 8 hundreds of International Women's Day events occur all around the world. These United Nations Day events range from small random informal gatherings to large-scale highly organized events. All celebrate women's advancement and highlight the need for continued vigilance and action.

The theme for 2010 is "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities:  Progress for All".

Why dedicate a day exclusively to the celebration of the world's women?

In adopting its resolution on the observance of Women's Day, the United Nations General Assembly cited two reasons:

  1. to recognize the fact that securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality, and development of women;
  2. and to acknowledge the contribution of women to the strengthening of international peace and security. For the women of the world, the day's symbolism has a wider meaning: it is an occasion to review how far they have come in their struggle for equality, peace, and development. It is also an opportunity to unite, network, and mobilize for meaningful change.


  • 1 out of every 3 women around the world has faced some form of violence.
  • On July 1, 2007, the world's population was 6,602,224,175; that means more than 3,301,112,087 were women. There are always more women in the world than men for a variety of reasons.




Prayer Corner

  • Women affected from natural disasters and war
  • Commission on the Status of Women Conference in New York
  • Women's Awareness week at General Conference
  • Enditnow Campaign


  • March: Women's History Month
  • March 6: Women's Ministries International Day of Prayer
  • March 21: International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination