International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March each year in many countries around the world. It is a global day which recognises the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to advancing gender equality in every dimension of human life.

The day has been observed since the early 1900s with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Today, IWD continues to be a powerful platform globally that unifies tenacity and drives action for advancing gender equality, while celebrating the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women. IWD means different things to different people, but the global focus on equality and celebration is clear. 

More recently, there has been an annual campaign theme for IWD, the campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action. The theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. This theme recognises that gender diversity and equality will drive a better world and we must continue to strive for this, not only on IWD but every day.  

We are once again delighted to be hosting a range of thought-provoking and celebratory events throughout the week of International Women’s Day (IWD) at the University of Leicester. 

International Women's Day events at Leicester

Throughout the week around IWD 2019, there are numerous free events on campus.

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Previous IWDs at Leicester

Check out how we celebrated International Women's Day in recent years.

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