International Women's Day 2023

February 17, 2023

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.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity, with the goal of starting a global conversation about why “equal opportunities are no longer enough.” There is a difference between equality and equity, which must be understood to properly forge unity and support for this movement. To achieve equality, we must collectively embrace equity in our own spheres of influence. Regardless of background, we can all challenge gender stereotypes, dispute discrimination, call attention to bias, and conceive inclusion.

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.

Strike the #EmbraceEquity pose

Are you in? Will you embrace equity?

Show the world your huge embrace. Strike the IWD #EmbraceEquity pose to show solidarity.

Share your #EmbraceEquity image, video, and articles across social media using #IWD2023 #EmbraceEquity to encourage others to help forge an inclusive world.


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 2023 events taking place around the world and a searchable online calendar.

Toronto IWD 2023 Event: Saturday, March 4 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 their website.

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