International Women's Day 2014

Join Oxfam and celebrate the work of women's rights advocates from around the world.

Women are leaders of change in developing countries: they produce most of the food, make up a third of the official labour force and care for families and homes. We know that investing in women means investing in entire communities.

The theme of International Women's Day 2014, which took place on March 8th, is "Equality for women is progress for all".

#RememberHerRights celebrates the results of women’s rights advocates from around the world. While gender continues to be a primary determinant of poverty, significant shifts have been made around the world to advance women’s rights and increase gender equality.
 

 

Take action to recognize positive change and those who have been a part of creating it.
 

Create a buzz online

  1. Think of a triumph in women’s rights you want to celebrate and remember – it can be big or small. Try completing the sentence “One step for women’s rights was…” to help you think of something.
     
  2. Get a small piece of string and tie it around your finger. Putting a piece of string on your finger is a strategy to help you remember something. Every time you look at it, you remember why you’ve tied it on.
     
  3. Take a photo of yourself with the string on your finger.
     
  4. Share the triumph you want to celebrate on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #RememberHerRights and the photo of yourself. Search #RememberHerRights online to see how other people are celebrating.

 

Inform your community

Promote #RememberHerRights in your community by taking the movement offline and into the streets. Whether it is simple steps or more elaborate activities, every effort counts.

 

 

Host an Event

 

Join the #RememberHerRights Campaign
Sign up to receive a campaign toolkit to your inbox  

Print out a one page campaign factsheet to share with your friends

Story Discussion Guide

Host a community conversation
Help raise awareness about Violence Against Women

 


Violence Against Women - A widespread human rights violation

Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation on a massive scale. According to the United Nations, one out of three women and girls worldwide is estimated to have been a victim of violence or sexual abuse.

Progress: There are now international agreements and treaties specifically aimed at giving women and girls respect, dignity, choices and freedom that are fundamental human rights. Today, domestic violence is outlawed in 125 countries.

Lasting change requires action: Canadians can take action to help build a safe and just world, where women and girls gain power over every aspect of their lives and live free from violence. Oxfam is calling for a comprehensive global action plan to end violence against women with deadlines, funds and accountability mechanisms.

A global action plan to end violence against women would:

  • Develop and strengthen laws for women’s rights and gender equality, especially in countries where there is no legal base for gender equality and women’s rights.
     
  • Prioritize and reallocate financial resources to end violence against women at all levels of government and to women’s rights organizations.
     
  • Ensure that ending violence against women is a top government priority led by high-ranked officials.
     
  • Develop strategies in fragile states for organizing responses to violence against women in conflict settings. In many conflict settings where violence against women takes place, states and governments are not able to provide protection.
     

Learn More:

 

Gender Justice Fact Sheet
Why Gender Equality Matters


Gender Justice Fact Sheet
Ending Violence Against Women
 


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