International Women's Day

As part of our work to celebrate women’s contribution to the workplace and wider society, the NASUWT joins campaigners across the globe on 8 March every year to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD), drawing attention to women’s continued fight for equality.

The theme for IWD 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.

As part of the celebration, the NASUWT is holding a women-only webinar to discuss the menopause, domestic abuse and sexual harassment in the workplace.

The webinar will be delivered via Zoom from 5:30pm to 7pm on Monday 8 March.

To register your interest in attending this event, please email our Conference and Events Team.

The NASUWT is fully engaged in the work of the ETUCE and gender equality and particularly the Education Trade Unions and Inclusive Schools: Embracing Diversity in Education campaign #MoreThanATeacher.

For International Women’s Day this year #IWD2021, the ETUCE campaign will celebrate and acknowledge women teachers and education staff globally who despite facing continuing disparities regarding work opportunities, job insecurity, decent pay, and greater exposure to violence and harassment, continue to lead the teaching profession as professional educators.

The Education International (EI) theme for IWD2021 is 'Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world'.

Below is a communication kit they have prepared to highlight the essential contributions of women in education, calling for more women in the leadership structures of education unions around the world.

EI IWD2021 Communication Kit


Further information

Find out more about the NASUWT campaign for women’s rights on our Women Teachers page and how to Get Active in your Union.

The history of International Women’s Day

This day of action and celebration first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and Europe.

While International Women’s Day is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots lie in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights for women.

The first IWD was held in 1911 when more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office and end discrimination.