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:

The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 is ‘Choose To Challenge’. This states that women are responsible for their own thoughts and actions every day and they challenge the world every day. The theme further signifies that women can choose to challenge gender bias and inequality in the world. People need to celebrate women’s achievements and also make the world a better place to live in with equality.


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

2019 – Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change

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

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

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

2015 – Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!

2014 – Equality for Women is Progress for All

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

2012 – Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger

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

2010 – Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All

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

2008 – Investing in Women and Girls

2007 – Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls

2006 – Women in Decision-making

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

2004 – Women and HIV/AIDS

2003 – Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals

2002 – Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities

2001 – Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts

2000 – Women Uniting for Peace

1999 – World Free of Violence Against Women

1998 – Women and Human Rights

1997 – Women and the Peace Table

1996 – Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future