The international women’s day was founded in 1975 and officially recognized by the UN member states in 1977. While it is first and foremost a celebration of the social, political, economic, and cultural gains made by women around the world, IWD also serves to bring attention to necessary progress and reforms that still need to be made—of which there are many.
International Women’s Day is on March 8, it is a day that symbolizes the struggles that women around the world have undergone to gain equality and rights as well as their achievements.
There are more ways than one to celebrate the international women’s day. Here are some innovative ways to celebrate the day;
Wear Colour purple!
Fun fact, purple is the official color of IWD because it was closely associated with the suffrage movement of the early 1900s. Wear purple on purple on purple, and encourage all your friends to do the same!
Join the Social Media Challenge
Social media is powerful, we saw this clearly during the black lives matter and end sars movement.
We can all also choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
To join the choose to challenge all you have to do is to post a picture with your hands raised in solidarity.
A virtual event
COVID-19 is still and it will change the affect the modalities of this year’s celebration as it did last year. A cautious and safe way of celebrating would be a virtual event that celebrates the achievements of women. The event should inspire women to take the initiative to do more or take the lead.
This could be done by putting the spot light on women in your team or organization with exceptional achievements to motivate and inspire others to do the same.
The itinerary for the event could also be getting to know women’s rights and appraising company policies to see how it works for acknowledges these rights.
Schedule a lunch with colleagues
If it’s too late to put things in place for a seamless virtual event then you can schedule a lunch date!
There are definitely some women at the office you don’t know very well. Get a group together and go out to lunch so you can celebrate all of you. An added bonus?
Women with a strong network of professional women are shown to be more successful than other women. Win-win.
Support women-owned businesses
Supporting businesses that are owned, operated, and controlled by a woman or women helps contribute to equal economic empowerment, representative products and services, and a more prosperous economy overall.
You can personally and deliberately seek out and support local businesses that are women-owned. Share your challenge with your friends and encourage them to do the same!
Acknowledge the awesome women in your life
Sometimes, simple words of encouragement and love can go a long way in lifting someone up and inspiring them to keep going. Whether it’s your mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or friend – send a text, call or Facetime an important woman in your life to let them know how awesome they are.
In conclusion, involve men and people who identify beyond the gender binary in the conversation and celebration
Oftentimes, most International Women’s Day celebrations and initiatives are targeted at women. However, it’s essential that people of all gender identities are involved in the conversations and become equal advocates for gender parity.
When you’re planning your International Women’s Day activities, ensure you invite and encourage your male friends or teammates to participate and champion gender equality together.
Make sure your gender diverse and non-binary friends and teammates are included and welcomed into the conversation about how we can promote equality for people of all gender identities.
How do you plan to celebrate international women’s day?