International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on eighthday of March. On this day, we celebrate amazing social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women, while also stirringpeople towards gender equality.
The world has been celebrating the International Women’s Day (IWD)since the early 1900s.Since then, we’ve made a great progress, yet the issue of gender inequality persists across the world.
The UN estimates that globally for work of equal value, women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. In spite of comprising over half the population, women occupy less than 23 per cent of parliamentary seats worldwide. Furthermore, in many countries women still suffer excessively from lack of education, poverty, and lack of access to health-care.
It was also estimated the females are severely underrepresented at leadership and senior management levels. In 2016, only 4.2 per cent of 500 fortune companies had a female CEO.
In recent years, there has been a huge increase in the number of businesses celebrating IWD, around the world. There is a growing need that people across the world should strive for female representation at all levels of business.
In this article, we’ve brought you some great ideas to celebrate International Women’s Day. Take a look:
- Be bold for a change:
Women’s Day is a great opportunity to stand up, speak out, and be heard. Be bold and voice out your thoughts on being a women.
- Promote gender diversity:
Majority of women are concentrated in low-paid, lower-skill or domestic occupations.This Women’s Day empower women and break down these barriers. Promoting gender diversity in workplaces can have various benefits including – higher performance, improved reputation, and creativity and innovation.
- Celebrate the day at work:
Celebrating the Women’s Day at work can foster gender equality. Raise awareness of the day, and promote gender diversity at your work place.
- Attend Women’s networking events:
This month is excellent for events and conferences for women. These events help women support and empower each other and share their knowledge. Put yourself forward as a speaker, and share your knowledge and experience with others.
- Donate to women’s refuge:
Women and children all over the world are disproportionate victims of family violence. The UN estimates that 38 per cent of murders of women are committed by an intimate male partner, worldwide. Women’s refuges are an essential lifeline for such women and children and without them more lives would be lost. But women’s refuges are also in dire need of financial support. Celebrate this International Women’s Day by making donations to your local refuge.
A day that celebrates womanhood in true spirit, it should be dedicated to promises that you make for a better tomorrow. A change is only as good when implemented successfully. This Women’s Day, be the change.
“We cannot all succeed, when half of us are held back.” – Malala Yousafzai