Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, (and internationally since the 1970s). Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.


The Impact of Education

The day offers a chance to look at promoting the health and education status of girls. Unfortunately, the majority of out of school children around theworldare girls. And the impact of receiving an educationon theirhealth, life choices and economicopportunitieslater on in life is huge.

Gender Education Facts

  • An extra year of primary school education boosts girls eventual wages by 10 – 20 %. An extra year of secondary school adds 10 – 20%
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education she marries four years later
  • In sub-Saharan Africa fewer than one in five girls makes it to secondary school
  • Girls who stay in school during adolescence are less likely to be subjected to forced sex and more likely to use contraception than peers out-of-school

Focusing on initiatives such as school feeding, where freenutritious meals are provided tochildren,is one way to increase enrolment rates, and particularly enrolment rates for girls.

School feeding has been shown to get children into school and keep them there.Not only this, but once well fed, they can concentrate better at school. School feeding provides a social safety net that helps address issues of inequity and gender imbalance.