Celebrating International Women's Day

March 8th - International Women's Day is celebrated in over 100 countries. Dating back to 1907 with the first official International Women's Day taking place in New York City on February 28th 1909. Discover more on the history of International Women's Day, events and travel.

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International Women's Day 2017


The first official International Women's Day took place in New York City on February 28th 1909. Thousands of people attended including events held in the suffragette and socialist movement.

This year the United Nations 2017 theme is “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

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Empowering Quotes

Quotes by women for women brings us together for this years International Women's Day, with the strong campaign #BeBoldForChange.

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This year around the world, there is a number of events taking place for the campaign #BeBoldForChange. Join the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more gender inclusive world.

The Real Mary King’s Close is celebrating 2017 Scotland YOHHA and International Women’s Day on March 8th with a special tour telling tales of woe, wonder and legacy of the women who lived, worked and died on the closes. Hear about the tales of the women from all walks of life whom left their mark on Edinburgh’s incredible past.

Will you #BeBoldForChange on International Women's Day 2017 and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that truly drives the greatest change for women.

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Responsible Travel


Online travel company and responsible tourism pioneer, Responsible Travel, has today announced a new collection of holidays on its site, all run by small local tour operators owned by women.

From trekking trips in the Indian Himalayas to cultural tours in Ghana, each of the holidays included in this collection is a celebration of female entrepreneurship against the odds, with stories to inspire on International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017.

In the newly released travel guide that accompanies the collection Responsible Travel summarises some of the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in developing countries: “In struggling nations, it is invariably the women who struggle most, as any semblance of equality falls away. Women and girls are disadvantaged from the outset by a lack of access to education, scant maternity benefits, cultural expectations about the woman’s role in the home, and inherent gender bias in the workplace.”

One of the women interviewed by Responsible Travel in the guide is Samrawit Moges, the founder and Managing Director of Travel Ethiopia, the first tour operator in Ethiopia to employ permanent female guides. She says “If you educate a woman, if a woman is empowered economically, it’s not only for her - it goes for her children, her siblings. She will want the children to go to school for higher education, rather than getting married at an earlier stage. So it is changing the society.”

Justin Francis, CEO of Responsible Travel comments on the new collection; “Tourism has the potential to be a superpower for women in developing countries. With such a broad geographical reach, and a huge range of skills required, tourism has the opportunity to pull women out of poverty, equip them with skills and provide dignified, sustainable employment.

“We hope this new collection of holidays, and the stories of how the women behind them have overcome prejudice and obstacles to successfully run their own businesses, will serve to inspire generations of girls around the world.”

Included in the collection is a 19 day cultural tour to Ghana celebrating the culture of some of the countries varied ethnic groups, with a focus on traditional festival, handicrafts and Ghanaian hospitality. Costs from £3,185pp excluding flights.

View the full holiday collection at: http://www.responsibletravel.com/holidays/women-owned-locally-run