What you can do to support International Women's Day

What you can do to support International Women's Day 

 - What you can do to support International Women's Day
This Friday 8th March marks the 102nd International Women's Day and we think you need to know about it.

As we sit here on our computers at work, reading the news and revelling in the joy of the first week post-payday it's hard to think of life being any different.

However 100 years ago, the chances are women wouldn't be doing any of these things, (and yes we do realise the internet wasn't invented yet)...

The right to education, to a career, to a vote, to health care and to basic equality are things that we can take for granted as women in the UK in 2013 but there are still plenty of issues in places across the world that affect women on a day-to-day basis that need to change.

And don't think the situation in the UK is perfect either, let us explain.   

If we told you that 66% of the world's work falls on the shoulders of women yet women only earn 10% of the world's income, female MPs make up less than a quarter of the House of Commons and the boardroom ratio is still a measley 3:17 how would you react?

With silent, seething anger? A niggling sense of injustice? Us too, but how about doing something about it instead? There are things we can do to harness change and International Women's Day is the perfect time to talk about them. 

International Women's Day is a chance for us to celebrate how far we have come and to join together to force change where it's needed. The story of Malala Yousufzai should be the beacon for this dynamic, an inspiration to us all.

Every year on March 8th there are a host of events to connect, inspire and empower women across the globe. This day means something different to everyone, nationally and individually but mainly this is a day for celebration and a call to action. Women have come a long way from where we were when this date was first celebrated in 1911 but the fight for equality is far from over.

This year the theme is "The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum".  A push to try to capitalise on the growing achievements and opportunites of women - so let's get moving!

What's going on? 

So how can you get involved? Well there are over 70 countries involved all over the world (IWD is even a national holiday in Afghanistan and Russia) so wherever you are, there is no excuse! 

Government, women's organisations, charities and companies have all joined forces to give a range of options from classic fund-raising events, donations or simple conversation. Plus handily enough for us here in the UK we're currently the leading country bursting with things to do to show your support. 

This year is all about gaining momentum so hearing your thoughts and views is really important. Which is why @womenforwomenuk and @WieNetworkUK are holding a live Twitter chat discussing 'What does it mean to be a woman today? How are you celebrating women's achievements this International Women's Day?' from 3.30pm on 8th March using the hashtags #WieShare and #IWD.
 
There will also be a 24-hour chat hosted by the International Day of the Girl (IDG) Ambassadors over 8 time zones asking you the question ‘The world we want for girls’. Suggestions and ideas made within these 24 hours will help to form the IDG action plan for governments, institutions and businesses.  You can get involved via Twitter, Facebook and Rumble or simply as a guest here – this is your opportunity to get your voice heard.
 
If you want to do a bit of fundraising then Oxfam is organising the big Get Together. On the 8th March you can 'get together' with friends to raise money for women worldwide to live without poverty. From the classic bake sale option to raise some funds over a flapjack or bike races, clothes sales or anything else you creative cats can come up with!

If you like to feel like you're really doing something then down in our fair capital there will be a march across Millenium Bridge as part of Join Me on The Bridge in support of gender equality backed by Women for Women International.  

As well as this Southbank Centre's Women of the World festival kicks off on International Women's Day. This 3-day long event will comprise of talks, comedy, debates, music and film all celebrating women, all of which you can get involved with and support. 

You can even support by doing a bit of casual shopping. Boticca have teamed up with Women for Women International (WWI) to create five exclusive designer pieces of jewellery to faise funds for women in war torn countries with 100% of funds going to WWI. 

If you want to find out more you can search by country for an event on the International Women's Day website here or follow them on Twitter at @Womensday

Think that women are something to shout about? Star the 8th March in that day planner and get celebrating, campaigining and fundraising! 




  

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