International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place annually on March 8th. It’s a global day celebrating the achievements of women. As well as celebrating, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating progress towards gender equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​gathering in 1911. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. Here in Wales, WEN Wales are at the heart of celebrating International Women’s Day.

 A celebration of 100 years of women getting the vote

WEN Wales and an expert panel created the 100 Welsh Women list to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. We wanted to celebrate the contribution these 100 women have made to our national life. The list comprises 50 women from the past who made a big impact on Welsh life and 50 inspiring women who are currently shaping Wales.

It includes politicians, suffragettes, anti-slavery campaigners, champions of the Welsh language, poets and science pioneers and many more but all have made a significant and lasting impact. 

IWD 2022

This year, WEN Wales are once again calling on all schools and youth groups to get involved in International Women’s Day 2022 with our updated toolkit on gender equality! We want to reach out to the next generation of young activists by supporting activity in schools around March 8th 2022.

The toolkit contains activities suitable for in class or online learning, as well as links to further resources. We want to support at least one school in every Local Authority to gain greater knowledge around gender equality, sexism, and the incredible Welsh women who have been contributing to our lives in Wales.