Today (March 8) is International Women's Day (IWD). According to InternationalWomen'sDay.com, IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
You can read the UN Secretary General's message on the centenary of IWD here. From its inception, the United Nations has promoted gender equality and continues to coordinate international efforts to secure the rights of women everywhere. UN Millennium Development Goal 3 is to promote gender equality and empower women.
Many global and national organizations provide resources for teaching and learning about gender and equity. Australia's Global Education collection is a great place to begin!