Why you should drop everything to celebrate women
International Women’s Day let’s make it all day every day
Women are amazing and today’s the day we remind ourselves to celebrate women’s achievements around the world while driving forward on a plight for gender equality.
What is International Women’s Day (IWD)?
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, cultural and political achievements of women while also calling for action to accelerate worldwide gender equality. Kicking off in the early 1900s during a time of great political unrest for women, and the great thing is, the movement continues to grow in a free-form motion. No one government, charity or institution is taking the lead, instead, IWD includes many organisations and all individuals who declare their support for gender equality, creating a rich network that’s looking to empower men and women to bring about change.
Do we still need IWD in 2018?
The last 100 years have seen many amazing changes in the attitude towards women’s equality, and with more female role models than ever before, and far-reaching platforms for women to be heard, surely we’re close to all things being equal?
Well, not quite. Women still earn less, fill fewer parliamentary seats (globally), are underrepresented at leadership levels, and in many countries, women disproportionally suffer poverty, poor education and have limited access to healthcare.
The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap report predicts it is likely the gender gap will remain for at least another 200 years… this is insane, and why IWD is so important to bring about the change faster.
Viral movements like #MeToo and #Timesup have been so successful in giving a voice to important issues, so get ready to #PressforProgress and encourage everyone to join together and push for gender equality, a better global economy and fairer societies everywhere.
So how can we get involved in IWD?
2. Support the women you know, friends, mothers, sisters and co-workers. Let your own actions lead the way.
3. Continue conversations and pledge your support by calling out gender bias.
4. Share content (blogs, articles and social posts) to spread the message of IWD.
5. Join or create your own event. You can search for events in your local area from the IWD website.
6. Attend women’s networking events. Throughout the year women put themselves out there to empower others – choose to support and attend these networking events.
7. Donate to local women’s charities to help empower the most vulnerable.
8. Read books written by inspiring women, talk about them, recommend them, be inspired.
9. Make every day international women’s day and help close the gap faster.