The 2020 Theme of IWD

The Themes of International Women’s Day

Women's Day

In 1977, the United Nations declared 8th March as International Women’s Day, a day each year when the world should celebrate, recognize and remember women and the accomplishments they have made to society. Since 1996, each year has a theme:

1996 – Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future

1997 – Women and the Peace Table

1998 – Women and Human Rights

1999 – World Free of Violence Against Women

2000 – Women Uniting for Peace

2001 – Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts

2002 – Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities

2003 – Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals

2004 – Women and HIV/AIDS

2005 – Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future

2006 – Women in Decision-making

2007 – Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls

2008 – Investing in Women and Girls

2009 – Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls

2010 – Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All

2011 – Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women

2012 – Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger

2013 – A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women

2014 – Equality for Women is Progress for All

2015 – Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!

2016 – Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

2017 – Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030

2018 – Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives

2019 – Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

2020 – “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”