March 8, 2013, is International Women's Day (IWD). First observed in 1911, IWD not only celebrates women’s achievements of the past, present and the future, but also raises awareness about issues that impact women around the globe. While there has been progress over the past century, challenges for women still remain. Some women still face gender discrimination, lower pay, insufficient healthcare and even violence.
International Women's Day 2013
Each year, thousands of events are held all over the world that inspire women and celebrate their economic, political and social achievements. Corporations, governments, businesses, schools, charities, women’s groups and individuals participate in honor of the yearly occasion. To locate or promote an event near you, please visit the International Women's Day website for further information.
With a different theme each year, the United Nations theme for 2013 is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum." Previous themes included "World Free of Violence Against Women," "Investing in Women and Girls," "Women Uniting for Peace" and " Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future."
This year, there will be a live 12-hour Twitter Marathon hosted by media life coach, Coach Lyds. The event will offer "inspiration, tips, advice and perspectives to empower and lift women to the next levels of success" from a variety of panelists.
Be sure to watch the powerful video on the left side of this article featuring one of the world's most famous spies - 007.