The concept of the International Women’s Day (IWD) has come a long way since the early 1900s when the women did not enjoy equal rights, awareness, education and even basic healthcare.

Today, however, with greater access to education, resources, healthcare and opportunities, the fight is not for basic services and care but equality and respect in a more mature sense and world.

Equality and the right to work without harassment, and indeed with respect and celebration for the talent and capabilities of the woman in the workplace is a fundamental battle cry for women in modern society. Today, men and employers all over are waking up to equal gender neutral opportunities and to recognize that women belong and indeed excel in business, academia, entertainment, sports and many other fields.

IWD is a time to celebrate the achievements of every special woman in their fields of expertise; be it social, economic, cultural, or political. It is not exclusive for one or two groups, but it brings together all organizations, charities, associations, and individuals across the globe.

At Priority Consultants, we celebrate these achievements and more. This is what it means to us:

“I was privileged to grow up in an empowered environment where the men were feminist; which did not impose boundaries based on gender. I have worked hard to encourage and develop a similar ethos at work and every other environment in which I have been involved.” – Jane Prior, Chairwoman

“International Women’s Day is an empowering celebration of women that create a consciousness within society that recognizes the socio-economic value and contributions of generations of women before and us and definitely after us” – Cristie Hilado

“International Women’s Day is not just a one day but the tenets of the celebration should be observed daily – recognizing our fellows as intelligent, caring and compassionate partners and stewards of our world” – Nolan Ovinis, Client Services Director

“On International Women’s Day, and every day, here’s a round of applause for all the women out there who give their all each day to be a positive role model to the next generation of women bosses!” – Gillian Pinto, Account Manager

“While this should not just be a one day thing, it is always a great moment to observe and celebrate all the wonderful things women has done to better our society. I think it should be expected of us to respect every individual regardless of their gender and social status. Cheers to all women!”  – Mariel Abamo

“This day is a special way to say thanks and to celebrate the contribution of women generations past and future that have helped to build the world that we know. They are equal partners and are very powerful in making this world a more compassionate, colourful and livable habitat.” – Kunalan, Consultant

This year’s theme is: Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives. IWD is an opportunity to bring awareness and put a stop to sexual harassment and violence against women. It’s also meant to empower all women and motivate all the communities to act and think with equality among all genders of society.