“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #EmbraceEquity.” - www.internationalwomensday.com
March 8th is upon us again and this year, we’re asking ourselves the importance of dedicating a day for celebrating women.
Why do we Celebrate International Women’s Day?
International Women's Day is celebrated to recognize the achievements and contributions of women throughout history and to advocate for gender equality. It is a day to celebrate the progress that has been made towards gender equality and to raise awareness about the ongoing challenges that women still face.
The day is an opportunity to honor the achievements of women in all aspects of life, including science, politics, art, education, and business. It is also a chance to highlight the ongoing struggle for gender equality and to inspire people to take action to create a more just and equitable world for all.
Why is International Women’s Day Important?
The day provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the challenges that women still face, including discrimination, gender-based violence, and unequal access to education, healthcare, and employment.
International Women's Day also serves as a reminder of how far we’ve come towards gender equality and the work that still needs to be done. It is a day to honor the courage and determination of women who have fought for their rights and to inspire future generations to continue the fight for gender equality.
Where did International Women’s Day originate?
The celebration of International Women's Day can be traced back to the early 1900s when women around the world were fighting for their rights, including the right to vote, work, and hold public office. The day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 1975 and has been celebrated annually on March 8th ever since.
The day is celebrated around the world, providing an opportunity for people to come together to support and advocate for women's rights. Through rallies, marches, and other events, people can raise their voices and demand change.
How can we celebrate International Women’s Day?
There are many ways to celebrate International Women's Day. Whether you're attending an event, donating to a cause, or simply educating yourself and others, every little bit helps to make a difference and inspire us to continue to advocate for gender equality.
Educate yourself and others about the history of women's rights and the ongoing struggle for gender equality. You can do this by reading books, watching documentaries, or attending events. It's time to brush up on your Herstory!
Support women-owned businesses by shopping at their stores or recommending them to friends and family. Let's give a shoutout to all the boss ladies out there!
Volunteer your time or donate to organizations that support women's rights and gender equality. Let's help break the glass ceiling by being the change we want to see in the world!
Attend a rally, march or other event to show your support for women's rights. Get ready to march like a girl, because together we can create a better world!
Share inspiring stories about women who have made a difference in your life or in the world. Let's spread the love and recognize the women who are crushing it!
Take action to support gender equality in your own community by speaking up against discrimination or advocating for policies that promote equal rights. Time to get gender-ous and spread some equality around!
Celebrating International Women's Day is about recognizing the accomplishments of women throughout history and advocating for gender equality.
Why is Women Empowerment Integral to Eradicating Poverty?
We celebrate our women artisans every day of the year, and recognise the struggle they face in their own community and families to earn a fair living wage while providing all they can for their children.
Traditionally, women within the family dynamic are more likely to be the care providers and are also often expected to keep the house in order. Research has shown when women who are empowered with equal opportunities, resources and decision making power are more likely to invest in their children's education, health, and nutrition.
Education is Key
In many cultures, women are expected to be caretakers and may view education as a means to improve their children's future opportunities. Adequate education is widely recognized as one of the most effective ways to eliminate poverty. There are several reasons why education can be a key factor in reducing poverty:
Improved job prospects
Education can provide us with the knowledge and skills needed to access higher-paying jobs. This can increase income opportunities and reduce reliance on social welfare programs.
Better health outcomes
Education can also improve health outcomes by promoting healthy behaviors and providing us with the knowledge to make informed decisions about our health.
Increased social mobility
Education can provide individuals with the tools needed to move up the social ladder, reducing our dependence on lower-paying jobs and increasing our access to economic opportunities.
Increased community development
Education can also contribute to community development by creating a more educated and informed population, leading to greater economic growth and stability.
Reduction of inequality
Education can play a crucial role in reducing inequality by providing disadvantaged individuals with the opportunity to improve their social and economic position.
Overall, adequate education can provide our future generations with the skills, knowledge, and opportunities they need to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, and contribute to the development of their communities and the wider society.
Empowering women means empowering whole communities, so let’s take a day to celebrate the feminine in all of us!