Why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

WES Program Officer, Celia Boren with WES Trainers at  The National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan

WES Program Officer, Celia Boren with WES Trainers at The National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the inspiring and courageous work women around the world are doing to secure women’s rights and shape more tolerant and equitable societies. We also reflect on the work that remains and remember the many women whose voices go unheard and who continue to be excluded from realizing their full potential.

In post-revolution Tunisia, where IIE implements Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES), many women, and men, are working to ensure that rights women have enjoyed for years are protected in the new constitution.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, we asked women from our WES partners and from IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives in San Francisco to share their thoughts on why it is important to celebrate this day. Below are their responses, in their own words and languages.


Because this is an opportunity to reflect, rejoice and recharge ourselves together in community with women all across the globe. It’s also a day to connect with one another physically, virtually and spiritually – and to give thanks for the generations of amazing women who have come before us, and the generations of phenomenal women still to come!
Beth Garriott
Senior Program Officer, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives
Institute of International Education, TechWomen

A mon avis on célèbre chaque année la journée mondiale de la femme parce que c’est l’occasion de faire le point sur la condition des femmes, l’égalité des sexes, mais aussi de regarder au-delà de nos frontières et d’approfondir notre réflexion concernant les avancées futures.
English translation:
In my opinion, we celebrate International Women’s Day each year because it is an opportunity to take stock of the status of women, gender equality, but also to look beyond our borders and deepen our thinking about the future progress.
Imene Chelbi
WES Trainer, Association of Sustainable and International Cooperation, Zarzis, Tunisia

Women have not always shared the same rights, and still do not in many respects. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the women who have paved the way towards our progress, yet at the same time, it is a reminder of the inequality that plagues society. We must continue to support our leaders, innovators, and risk-takers for thinking forward and expanding the possibilities for women around the globe.
Arezoo Miot
Program Officer, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives
Institute of International Education, TechWomen

La femme est un pilier important de la société, c’est la mère, c’est l’épouse, c’est la sœur, la fille…. la où elle est elle participe activement dans la société. Elle mérite plus d’une journée.
English translation:
The woman is an important pillar of society, she is the mother, the wife, the sister, the daughter…. Wherever she is, she participates actively in society. Women deserve more than a day.
Sana Taktak
President, The Association of Continuity of Generations, Sfax, Tunisia

Je dulezite slavit Mezinarodni Den Zen, protoze na to pripomina uspechy zen a pomaha nam vytvaret budoucnost pro dalsi zeny.
English Trnaslation
It is important to celebrate and be reminded of the great successes of women as well as shaping the future women.
Katka Letzing
Program Director, International Leadership Division, Institute of International Education

Célébrer la journée internationale de la femme c’est rendre hommage à toutes les femmes qui ont milité à travers le temps et l’espace contre toutes formes de discrimination,d’exclusion,de marginalisation,de violence et d’inégalité des chances à l’encontre des femmes.c’est aussi l’occasion de se rendre compte que dans la plupart des pays du monde le problème reste d’actualité. En Tunisie ,le 8 mars 2013 représente pour nous l’occasion de lancer une compagne de mobilisation générale pour que les acquis et les droits des femmes soient inscrits dans la nouvelle constitution….un enjeu de taille sur lequel la société civile tunisienne ne fera pas de concessions.
English translation:
International Women’s Day is a tribute to all the women who have fought across time and space against all forms of discrimination, exclusion, marginalization, violence and lack of equal opportunities for women. It is also an opportunity to realize that in most countries of the world the problem is still relevant. In Tunisia, March 8th, 2013 represents an opportunity for us to launch a massive campaign to preserve women’s status and rights and confirm them in the new constitution …. a big issue on which the Tunisian civil society will not make concessions.
Dalel Krichen
Honorary President, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity, Sfax, Tunisia

Célébrer la journée internationale de la femme parcequ’elles sont souvent considérées comme la clé du développement durable.
English translation:
We celebrate International Women’s Day because women are often considered the key to sustainable development.
Sonia Mhamdi
Administration Officer, The Association for the Development of the South of Gafsa, Gafsa, Tunisia

Pour moi c’est simple: célébrer la femme c’est célébrer la vie.
English Translation:
For me it is simple: to celebrate women is to celebrate life.
Rania El Ahmadi
Member, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity, Sfax, Tunisia

Wat een geluk heb ik gehad; nog niet zo heel lang geleden hadden mijn oma’s geen kans hun eigen weg te kiezen in het leven. Jong getrouwd, veel kinderen en een druk huishouden. Gelukkig is voor vrouwen van mijn generatie een hoop veranderd en verbeterd, maar niet genoeg en zeker niet voor iedereen! Internationale Vrouwendag schijnt licht op alle zaken die in de weg staan van echte gelijkwaardigheid van vrouwen; van het zogenaamde glazen plafond tot verkrachting en huiselijk geweld. Vrouwen én mannen hebben samen de plicht de achterstelling van vrouwen definitief tot het verleden te laten behoren.
English translation:
How fortunate I am; not that long ago my grandmothers did not have the opportunity to choose their own paths in life. Married young, lots of kids and busy lives as housewives. Thankfully a lot has changed and improved for women of my generation, however not enough and certainly not for everyone! International Women’s Day sheds light on all things standing in the way of true equality for women; from the so-called glass ceiling to rape and domestic violence. Women and men together have the obligation to once and for all make subordination of women an issue of the past.
Lisette Beug
Program Associate, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives
Institute of International Education, TechWomen


2 thoughts on “Why is it important to celebrate International Women’s Day?

  1. Mother was very important in my life and her honesty and love make me continue to see that woman is like a very precious porcelain that have to be handle with love and respect for eternity.
    Miss you Mother !! Happy woman’s day around the world.

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