Ria supports progress for women on International Women’s Day


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Ria supports progress for women on International Women’s Day

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD).

It’s a day that’s been observed for over 100 years and is now celebrated all around the world.

Although it was celebrated for the first time on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, the earliest recorded observance of a “Woman’s Day” was in New York on February 28, 1909.

The day was organised by the Socialist Party of America to honour garment workers who were striking against their working conditions. One year later, Socialist Party representatives at the International Women’s Conference in Copenhagen proposed the commemoration of an International Women’s Day, partly as a strategy to promote equal rights and women’s suffrage rights. [1]

The day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1975 and ever since has been a day of significance for women everywhere, with a new theme being proposed each year.


The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is #PressForProgress, a topic which relates to women all over the world. 


This year’s International Women’s Day theme is #PressforProgress and it follows on from one of the strongest movements in recent history.

The well-publicized #MeToo #NotOkay #YesAllWomen and #TimesUp hashtags all spawned conversations shared by women and men from all walks of life. These stories were not only a global account of harassment and inequality but also, a strong declaration for change.

These movements also gave rise to more dialogue surrounding the gender pay gap (see The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report) and highlighted the fact that many women are still not present in equal numbers at the highest levels of business or politics.[2]



At Ria, we honour the hardworking women from around the world that make sacrifices for their families and communities. We especially recognize those that send a large portion of the fruit of their labour in the form of remittances back to their loved ones.

Inside Ria, diversity is one of our main values, and we proudly provide equal opportunities to women and men. In the EMEA and South Asian region alone, our gender split is almost 50/50.

As Ria’s Managing Director for the UK & Ireland, Marcela Gonzalez recently told CEO Monthly when asked for her thoughts on what women could do to further themselves in business: “Knowledge is not gender-based, so it is important for women to raise their voices and use assertiveness to gain the respect of fellow colleagues.

“My advice is that women study and hone their skills of persuasion and negotiation in order to get what they need. These skills have helped me to overcome various challenges.

“Overall, I firmly believe that a certain level of respect comes with experience and the actions and decisions you make. Unfortunately, there are some environments where women are not encouraged to raise their voices… Being secure in who you are as a person and trusting yourself contributes to your personal success story,” she concluded.


International Women’s Day

At Ria, we honour hardworking women from around the world that make sacrifices for their families and communities.


We are at a unique moment in history. International Women’s Day is a day to pause and acknowledge the valuable contribution that women are making to society. We should celebrate their successes and wins while not forgetting that there is still more to be done.

That’s why Ria supports progress for women and we recognize the value that women provide everywhere: whether it be to the economy, agriculture, education system, health, arts, the home, or by enriching the social fabric of society.

[1] UN Women Watch https://womenwatch.unwomen.org/international-womens-day-history

[2] The Global Gender Gap Report http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_GGGR_2017.pdf