Today is International Women's Day and NGOs and human rights organizations are taking the opportunity to advocate for equality, fair treatment and progress for women.
International Women's Day in Numbers:— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) March 8, 2018
Every year, 12 million girls are married, losing their education and suffering lasting ill-health and violence.
It's time to #EndChildMarriage!https://t.co/q3dLYVDNmT #IWD2018 pic.twitter.com/A4H3TPxJVx
NGOs are shining the light on the massive gap between genders in all corners of the globe.
This Intl Women’s Day the worst of our many betrayals is zero protection for millions of women & girls in war zones exposed to endless violence, rape and robbery by men with guns and power. They suffer alone while privileged men & women elsewhere fend for themselves. #IWD— Jan Egeland (@NRC_Egeland) March 8, 2018
This year's global holiday comes on the heels of the #MeToo and Times Up movements, which has focused on raising awareness of and ending the rampant sexual harassment across all industries.
Saluting strong women:March 8, 2018
Women from all corners of the world -- from California to Madrid to Manila, from London to Seoul to New Delhi -- held protests today demanding an end to sexual harassment, equal pay, and fair treatment under the law.
Facebook has offered up a feature in which you can feature a mentor or a woman you admire with special graphics to celebrate her today. And on Twitter, the hashtag #IWD2018 is featuring content from around the world, highlighting a UN Women's live stream all day with different events.
Even the Royal family here in the U.K. got in on the action, sending royal-to-be Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to Birmingham to attend events encouraging young women to pursue careers in science, technology and math.
Back in California, a McDonald's restaurant flipped their golden arches, swapping a W for the iconic M today.
Today, we flip our Golden Arches to celebrate the women who have chosen McDonald's to be a part of their story, like the Williams family. In the U.S. we’re proud to share that 6 out of 10 restaurant managers are women. https://t.co/6z88OhjXpO pic.twitter.com/hXfOi3wWQf— McDonald's (@McDonalds) March 8, 2018