International Women’s Day 2024 Theme: Investing in Women to Accelerate Progress

International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8th. The theme for 2024 is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress.” This theme emphasizes the importance of investing resources, funding, and support into programs and initiatives that empower women and girls. The goal is to accelerate progress toward gender equality and women’s advancement in all areas of society.

International Women’s Day 2024 Theme

There are many reasons why investing in women and girls speeds up social progress. Research shows that when women have access to education, healthcare, employment opportunities, and financial services, there are ripple effects that benefit families, communities, and economies. For example, educating girls leads to increased economic productivity, faster development of nations, healthier families, and more sustainable environmental practices.

Some key facts that highlight the need for further investment in women:

  • Women make up almost 50% of the global population but hold only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide.
  • Globally, women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. The gender pay gap is even wider for minority women.
  • Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10% of the world’s income.
  • Across 46 countries, nearly one in five women has experienced violence from an intimate partner in her lifetime.

To accelerate progress on gender equality by 2030, the UN estimates that global annual investments need to increase by:

  • $3 billion to close the gender gap in lifetime earnings
  • $42 billion to provide quality pre-primary education for all in low and lower-middle income countries
  • $3 billion to end violence against women and girls

This International Women’s Day, individuals can support the 2024 theme by:

  • Mentoring and sponsoring women in their careers
  • Speaking out against gender bias and discrimination
  • Donating to organizations that empower women and girls
  • Supporting women-owned businesses as consumers
  • Advocating for policies that eliminate gender inequality

Businesses can accelerate progress by:

  • Setting diversity targets for women in leadership and bridging pay gaps
  • Providing training and sponsorship programs to grow new female talent
  • Offering flexible work policies that support work-life balance
  • Ensuring equal opportunities for career advancement
  • Partnering with women entrepreneurs and suppliers

Governments play a key role through legislation and funding that enables women’s economic and social progress.

Investing in women and girls has a multiplier effect that elevates whole communities. This International Women’s Day, let’s take action to accelerate progress towards equality by 2030.