International Women's Day 2024

February 25, 2024

We are proud be part of a growing international movement of advocacy and support for women. We recognize the achievements – and honour the struggles – of all women on International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8.

In the early 1900s, oppression and inequality were pushing women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. At the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen in 1910, Clara Zetkin, leader of the Women’s Office for the Social Democratic Party in Germany, tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country, there should be a celebration on the same day to press for change. The conference of more than 100 women from 17 countries, representing unions, socialist parties and working women’s clubs, and International Women's Day was born.

Nurses and health-care workers are leading the way and tackling women’s issues head on, whether they are fighting for pay equity with their male colleagues or trying to end violence and harassment in the workplace. Their knowledge, compassion and determination make them fierce advocates for their patients, residents and clients, as well as strong role models for all girls and women.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is “Inspire Inclusion”, with the goal of forging a world that is more inclusive for women. We must foster a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment for all women, and for the sake of a better world.

Join the online conversation by using the hashtags #InspireInclusion and #IWD2024.


Need help planning International Women's Day activity? Visit the International Women's Day website for resources and ideas to help recognize and support women in your community. You can also find a list of IWD 2024 events taking place around the world and a searchable online calendar.

Toronto IWD 2024 Event: Saturday, March 2 at 11 a.m. (rally start) and at 1 p.m. (march start) at OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. For more information, visit IWD Toronto’s Facebook page and/or website.

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