International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, offering an opportunity to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by women who have played a role in the history of their countries and communities.

While unprecedented advances have been made globally, no country has achieved gender equality.

Across the Pacific, women are using the International Women’s Day platform to celebrate social, economic, cultural, political and sporting achievements of women.

In the Solomon Islands, a march has been organised from the HCC Compound to the National Museum Auditorium where the official launch of International Women’s Day will take place.

The keynote address will be delivered by Minister of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, Freda AB Rotutafi Rangirei.

The event includes COVID-19 Awareness run by the HCC Health Team and entertainment from a number of local groups inlcuding RSIPF women, MWYCFA ladies, and YWCA.

In Vanuatu, the International Women’s Day celebrations got underway last Wednesday with the opening day of a two-day tournament at Fres Wota Field in Port Vila.

Day two gets underway this afternoon at 1pm.

New Zealand Football will be celebrating with Girls and Women’s Month throughout March, designed to introduce girls and women to the beautiful game across Aotearoa New Zealand.

In 2020 Girls and Women’s Week saw futsal festivals, have-a-go days and Football and Futsal Ferns run seminars, organised by the six regional federations throughout the country.

This year there’s Female Athlete Seminars, Events, Coaching Workshops, Community Referee Courses, Festivals and Tournaments planned up-and-down the country.

In Samoa, the FFS Women’s Football Department is working collaboratively with rugby, netball and 10 other sports organisations to celebrate International Women’s Day as a collective.