International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017) has kicked off globally.

Corporations, governments, charities and academic institutions are joining forces worldwide today in celebration of women, many under the umbrella theme #BeBoldForChange.

UN Women are hosting an array of brekkie and lunch events nationwide today to fundraise for women globally. Prime Minister, The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, is celebrating the morning fraternising with members of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Championed by the International Women’s Day website and hosted as a project on thunderclap, International Women’s Day urges followers to support them via social media in sharing a message of accelerating gender parity. Originally aiming for 500 supporters, the cause now has 4,205 people pledging to spread the message, with a total social reach of more than nine million.

The day’s call-to-action aims to encourage bold actions within organisations and networks to support women, such as challenging organisers of all-male speaking panels to introduce women to their panels, educating boys about violence against women and stereotypes, and donating time to a female-focused charity.

To join the thunderclap, or to pledge bold action in support of women, head to: