March 8 is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s achievements and progress and a day to mobilise to continue the fight for equality.
It’s been exhilarating to witness the extraordinary momentum of global campaigns like #Metoo and #TimesUp where we’ve seen the world wake up, unite and demand a better deal for women.
But International Women’s Day isn’t just about these massive movements and the actions of celebrities. It’s a day for all us – women and men – to celebrate the things we and our female friends, colleagues and the women who inspire us, have done and will do on behalf of women. It’s also a day to mobilise and activate as we focus on the many areas where women everywhere still face inequality and injustice. So why not play your part and make the most of International Women’s Day as a day to make a difference?
Here are five quick, simple but impactful ways you can get involved:
1. Get educated, do your research, be inspired
Stop by the International Women’s Day website and learn as much as you can about this year’s #PressforProgress theme. You’ll find loads of inspiring info and ideas. Who knows where a simple step like that might lead?
2. Get along to an IWD event, meet-up or rally
What better day than International Women’s Day to get along to an event or meet-up and connect with other likeminded people, or get involved in a collective action and be part of something bigger than yourself? There are lots of great Women’s Day events happening around the country, and here are just a few happening in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. There will be something awesome happening near you, so get Googlin’ and get along to them!
3. Give a gift that empowers women
Short on time? It only takes a minute to change a life. Make a donation to support One Girl’s education programs that seek to give girls and young women the opportunity to reach their potential through education. You can make a one-off donation, or become a Member of Graduation, our regular-giving program, and commit to supporting girls’ education.
4. Gather the kickass women in your life
Get together with some of your favourite women for breakfast, or morning or afternoon tea. Share stories of your own achievements and those of women and organisations who inspire you. You could even multiply the impact of your event by asking for a small donation to One Girl, or another women-focused cause.
5. Elevate women’s voices
Think about your own workplace, school or uni – and what it’s like to be a woman in that environment. Is there something you or you and a few friends could do to make things fairer, safer or more supportive for women? How might you elevate and amplify women’s voices, and centre women’s stories?
As they say on the International Women’s Day website – ‘we’re one drop but together we’re an ocean’. So get out there – celebrate, mobilise, innovate – and have a wonderful and meaningful International Women’s Day!