It is the time of the year when we acknowledge the women whose revolutionary bones remain intact in us. Here is to all women around the world. To our mothers, sisters, wives and our heroines, dead and alive, your resurrection songs lift the skies into our bellies.
It is no news that over the years, women have been treated most often as inferior and lower. They have been cheated in more ways than one, especially in the areas of education academia and economic/political opportunities. However, today, the ‘balanceforbetter’ movement is aimed at propelling women to stand up for gender-balance and equal rights and opportunities, regardless of culture or heritage. Today, the whole world pauses to listen to the voice of women across the globe.
I have listed out below some very unique ways to to appreciate women on this day;
This year’s official theme of IWD, #Balanceforbetter, encourages women to stand up and speak up against gender inequality.
The theme resonates with the millions of women from all over the globe, seeing that gender inequality is a sickness that has plgued women of many races for centuries.
March 8th is a great opportunity to stand up, speak out, and be heard. Make the decision to stand out and to be seen for who you truly are rather than some inferior weaker vessel. Do this by sharing your support visually on social media. The pledge lets you choose from a range of different women’s issues. Thus, you can engage in our IDW_speakupwoman trend on twitter with the hashtag #marriageispartnership. Let’s make our pain trend for a balanced and better world.
2. Attend a program
The ‘International Women’s Fest’ is an international day of action planned on International Women’s day annually. Women in over 30 countries around the world are organising events in connection with this.
Specifically, the program touches on:
- Gender violence, both domestic and institutional.
- Reproductive justice, body autonomy and freedom of choice for all women.
- Labour rights and equal pay for equal work.
- Environmental justice, and recognition of its links with social inequality.
- Ending racism, mass incarceration and police brutality.
- Entrepreneurial skills for Women
- Effective Parenting
- Education for the girl child
Get in touch with your local organisers if you’d like to be involved, or plan your own event.
3. Promote gender diversity in the workplace
To create sustainable and healthy economies, it is essential to empower women and break down these barriers. Imagine how many women you’ll be helping if you implement policies to fight gender discrimination and encourage diversity in your business, not minding what industry you’re in.
Studies have shown that gender diversity has significant benefits for business, including:
- Higher performance
- Improved reputation
- Creativity & innovation
4. Hold an IWD celebration at work
Aside from the long lasting ways to celebrate and help liberate women, you can also celebrate IWD with events on the day. This will help show your business commitment to the rights for women and the SDGs as well. You can try these:
- Have lunch with women
- Profile some of your organisation’s amazing women on your website/blog
- Have a film screening on women’s issues across the globe
- Hold a seminar with keynote speeches by women in your industry
- Share your business & industry’s current statistics on gender diversity.
5. Celebrate women’s achievements
You can celebrate women in the film industry, literary world, sports, etc.
Hollywood’s gender pay gap hit the international spotlight in 2015, when leaked documents revealed major pay disparities between actors. Some female stars claim to have been paid ‘three times less’ than their male co-stars.
This March, why not celebrate women in film by hosting a relevant movie screening? Grab your best friends, your workmates or family and watch an amazing film by a female director (or one with a female-centric cast) and you may even write a review about the movie.
Here are some recent movies by women you might want to check out:
This is It –
Dede struggles in coming to terms with her life changing decision. Tomide and Sam enjoy a major stride in their career! Written & Directed by: LowlaDee Produced by: Funmbi Ogunbanwo Starring: Nick Mutuma, Chiagoziem Nwakanma, Stan Nze, Bimbo Ademoye, Teni Aladese, Bukola oladipupo, Chisom Ofor.
THIS IS IT is a two-part mini series that follows the first year journey of the young, clueless, newlyweds, Tomide and Dede Mwenda!
n order to save her father’s ailing bus company, competent but perennially overlooked Adaeze must find a way to work alongside feckless uncle Godswill. Starring Genevieve Nnaji, Pete Edochie, Phyno and Kanayo .O. Kanayo.
Hidden Figures –
HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
6. Donate to your local women’s refuge
These statistics of abused women and women living at the support of charity is quite alarming. All over the world women and children are disproportionate victims of family violence. The UN estimates that globally 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate male partner.
Escaping an abusive domestic situation is extremely difficult and without strong support, more lives would be lost, seeing that women’s refuges are also in dire need of financial support.
Why not celebrate International Women’s Day by making a donation to your local refuge?
7. Do something kind for a woman you love
From your mother to your grandmother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or a female friend, you can celebrate IWD by making them feel special.
Send them flowers, poems, cards, or take them out to a movie. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man or woman; we can all show our gratitude and love for the women around us.