For over 100 years, this day has served as a celebration of all things female; look at how women are included, participate in and influence cultural, economic, social and political spaces. While we’ve come a long way since the first IWD in 1911, gender equality and inclusiveness is still a fair stretch away. This year, it’s all about #BalanceforBetter; better gender balance for a better world. Balance is in the big and little things, from grassroots movements to global action, and it’s becoming less the exception and more the expectation. Here are 5 ways to make an impact this International Women’s Day.
Knowledge is powerful. To shake your orbit up – get your hands on any material you can; go online, chat with people and look around you. Turn your energy and intention towards noticing women in context; look for gender balance in the boardroom, government, media, at work, and on the rich list and sports field. Get informed about how balance is bright for business and how it buoys communities and economies.
City-wide, there’s a stack of happenings to pull focus on gender balance, pick apart ideas and celebrate woman. Here are a few ideas:
Royal Festival Hall From March 8th to 9th The Women of the World event promises an afternoon of perspective-shifting talks and performances from some truly huge names.
The AllBright is one of London’s top women only members club – with arguably the most-perfect clubhouse too – The Allbright has unsurprisingly delivered when it comes to IWD. Join them for a number of hour-long free events on the day.
V&A On Friday March the 8th Join Norma in conversation with style editor Gianluca Longo for a discussion about womenswear collections and the Stop Objectification campaign, where she aims to shine a light on the effect objectification has on one’s self-esteem, and how it prevents women from reaching their potential.
National Portrait Gallery History, and art-history buffs must not miss Rt. Hon. Diane Abbott Labour MP, artist Phoebe Boswell and playwright, critic and commentator Bonnie Greer in their discussion, and celebration of the inspiring women in history whose stories are often overlooked
If time isn’t on your side, put your pennies where your passion is and give to a cause that empowers women. If you want to go big, you can donate to Women for Women International which equips women to rise above war and poverty through self-supporting skills. Girls Not Brides is a powerful cause that pulls together 400 organisations from 60 countries to end child marriage. One Girl is another incredible cause which champions high-quality education programs across Africa. And if you’re keen to keep it local, seek out and give to your closest women’s shelter.
There’s no specific scope for amplifying women’s voices. Anything makes noise; attend or host an event or take pause to look around you at the visibility, inclusion and safety of the women in your world. Female-focus can be as micro as chatting around your dinner table about how you can better support the women you know. Spread the word on your socials; using #IWD2019 and #BalanceforBetter; post your ‘balance scales pose’ to show your support. If you’re hosting a larger-scale activity, make waves by grabbing your IWD in a Box: sensational resources for a schmick event.
IWD belongs to everyone, so galvanise your girls and get them involved. Put out the call to your circle and play your part – together. Get together with purpose; organise a champagne brekky or a high tea and. Share stories about women you admire and how you can all take up more space in the different areas of your lives. Massive movements often begin with individual actions, so your gathering doesn’t have to have a huge platform to be impactful. Ask questions, make suggestions, unpack ideas, celebrate other women and think about changes you can make; collectively and alone. You could even ask your ladies for a donation to a women-centred cause that’s important to you.
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