Each year on March 8 the people around the world gather to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD). The United Nations celebrated the first IWD in 1975 during International Women’s Year. Two years later the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed each year on March 8. All over the world thousands of events occur in support of IWD to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Want to get involved? Here’s what you need to know!
Every year the UN picks a theme for IWD, although many organizations identify their own themes for the day as well. This year the UN’s theme is ‘Empowering Women- Empowering Humanity: Picture It!‘
In so doing the UN invites us to “envision a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.” March is also Women’s History Month and there are so many ways to stay engaged all month long. See below for my list of 15 ways to get involved!
- Follow IWD and UNWomen on Twitter
- Join the conversation on twitter using the hashtags #MakeItHappen #WomensDay #IWD2015 #Beijing20 #InternationalWomensDay #PaintItPurple
- Post a #EmpoweredBy selfie on Instagram
- Interact on other social media platforms such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, and Pinterest
- Participate in local activities and campaigns – find one here.
Join UN Women for their Live Facebook event with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, 8 March (1 p.m. EST).
- Display the IWD logo on your blog, Twitter or Facebook page.
- Download and share content from UN Women Social Media packages with images, videos and sample messages.
- Listen to BBC Radio 3 on March 8 as they spotlight female composers and musicians
- Run an event celebrating women to raise awareness for gender equality.
- Paint it purple or wear purple! Why Purple? Purple symbolized justice and dignity two values strongly associated with women’s equality.
- Get inspired by watching UN Women’s video “One Woman”, released in 2013 in celebration of IWD.
- Donate to your favorite charity that supports and champions women.
- Check out this list of CNN’s 10 International Women’s Day Events You’d Be Crazy to Miss
- If you are in New York City join the UN Women March for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights on March 8 (Click here for more info)