Let’s build a gender-balanced world: #BalanceforBetter

"What motivates me is when others support us. To know we are not alone in our desire to see women empowered to live to their full potential.

Sylvia Nalubega

Programs Officer at Action for Rural Women's Empowerment, Uganda

A balanced world is a better world

How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue

The race is on for the gender-balanced boardroom, a gender-balanced government, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth, gender-balanced sports coverage. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Today is International Women's Day (March 8), celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women's Day has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, UK’s suffragists and suffragettes and other groups campaigned for women's equality.

International Women's Day is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level.

International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continues to grow from strength to strength. So make International Women's Day your day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women.

Collectively we can all play a part.

The BBC has some excellent films and interviews supporting IWD

Watch the videos