International Celebrations

Each year the Department of Gender the Affairs Planned activities throughout the islands marking the various International Holiday which is celebrated globally.

March 8 - International Women’s Day

International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on March 8 every year. It began as a campaign for better working conditions by women in New York at the turn of the 20th century. IWD provides a common day for globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues. Many organizations and individuals work tirelessly to support gender equality through a multitude of initiatives, causes and actions.

October 10 - International Day of the Girl Child

The International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated on the October 10 each year.

The day is set aside to raise awareness about all issues concerning gender inequalities around the world. It’s a day when activist groups come together under the same goal to highlight, discuss and take action to advance rights and opportunities for girls everywhere.

November 19 - International Men’s Day

The inaugural International Men’s Day was held in Trinidad and Tobago on November 19 in 1999. Representatives from organizations such as the UN expressed support for the event, although it is not an official UN observance. A petition has called for the UN to make International Men’s Day an official UN observance in the interest of equality.

International Men’s day focuses on improving gender relations and highlighting the importance of bringing up good male role models from all backgrounds and ages. It looks at addressing problems like parenting, families and good health choices for men.