How will you celebrate International Women’s Day?

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International Women’s Day on 8 March is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to build support for women’s rights around the world.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is ‘Inspire Inclusion’. But what does this mean and how can we put it into practice?

To include women means to embrace their diversity of race, age, ability, faith, body image, and how they identify.

When women aren’t present in positions of power or aren’t represented in sport or aren’t receiving as much pay as men in similar roles, we must ask “why not?”. When the treatment of women is not equitable, it’s everyone’s responsibility to speak up.

On International Women’s Day, and all future days, you can do your part by seeking out the inclusion of women and girls and inspiring others to understand and value women’s participation.

For organisations and groups, there are many ways to make sure the needs, interests and aspirations of women and girls are valued and included. Some of these include:

• recruiting, retaining and developing female talent

• elevating women and girl’s participation and achievement in sport

• supporting women and girls into leadership, business and STEM

• designing and building infrastructure to meet the needs of women and girls

• helping women and girls to make informed decisions about their health

• promoting creative and artistic talent of women and girls.

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