How you can celebrate International Women’s Day 2018
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Feminism was the Merriam-Webster dictionary’s most looked-up word in 2017. Women have taken control of the conversation about sexual harassment. Women in Hollywood broke the silence on Harvey Weinstein. More than 150 female athletes and gymnasts came forward to give impact statements against Larry Nassar. The #MeToo social media campaign created a safe space for women and men to share their own stories and support others. Now, people are talking more than ever about women’s rights. This year, International Women’s Day falls on Thursday 8 March. The 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress, and it’s all about continuing the global fight for gender parity. Here are some of the ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day (wherever you are).
Attend an official IWD event near you
Check out the official IWD website to see if there’s an International Women’s Day event close to you and connect with other feminists and activists. IWD events vary from fun runs to film festivals, so there’s something for everyone.
If you’re skint on cash, you don’t have to donate money. Local women’s shelters will accept clothes, food, or your time. If you’d like to donate money, consider donating to a good cause such as Girls Not Brides, which is a charity that works to end child marriage.
Raise awareness of International Women’s Day by wearing red. Red is a bold, powerful colour that forces people to take notice. It represents the sacrifices women have made for progress. Throw on a red shirt, dress, or pair of trousers to show your support.
Connect with women
Use social media to connect with other women on International Women’s Day. Search #InternationalWomensDay on your social media accounts to see what people are posting. You could share a post celebrating the women who have impacted your life using the hashtag. Thank the women in your life and tell them what they mean to you.
This year, International Women’s Day should be a celebration of women across the world. To champion the achievements of women and advocate the progress of gender equality, we should all contribute in whatever way we can. So make an effort this International Women’s Day (and every day) to stand up, speak out, and support women’s rights.