International Women’s Day 2015

Welocalize wishes women all over the world Happy International Women’s Day!

iwd_squareMarch 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), uniting countries around the world in their celebration of the political, social, economic achievements of women past, present and future. The first IWD was held in 1911 and all around the world, thousands of events take place to celebrate the achievements of women.

In the localization industry, women support and network with each other through the global Women in Localization group. Welocalize team members participate in Women in Localization events, a group supporting women through networking, education and development of their careers in localization. Founded in 2008 in San Francisco, the organization has members across the globe and encourages them to meet in their local chapters. Topics such as measuring success in global deployment and machine translation are discussed at events.

Park IP Translations, a Welocalize company, supports empowering women as sponsors of Park IP Translations is a sponsor of the non-profit organization Leading Women in Technology. The group is dedicated to promoting the advancement of women in technology. Founded in 2011, the organization offers professional development programs to provide women with critical business leadership skills needed during the various stages of their careers.

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is “Make it Happen” and groups around the world are celebrating together in local events.  See all the events around the world:

You can also follow updates and get news about the day here: There will be Twitter updates tweeted with #makeithappen and #paintitpurple throughout the day. The theme was chosen to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

In September 1995, 189 Member States of the United Nations met in China to discuss and promote the empowerment of women, removing all obstacles preventing them from fully participating in all spheres of public and private life. This discussion resulted in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Twenty years later in 2015, many of the aims and objectives have been accomplished although there are still gaps.

We take our hats and helmets off to women all over the world and we hope you find International Women’s Day both enlightening and enriching. Make It Happen!