… it’s International Women’s Day. On second thought, maybe only hug the ones in your family. The rest might get you into trouble! But do consider doing something special to mark this day and show your support for the women in your life and around the world.
Not sure what the International Women’s Day or IWD is all about? Here are some fast facts:
- IWD celebrates women’s achievements worldwide and has since March 8, 1911.
- International Women’s Day is also known as United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace.
- Some countries like Armenia, Kazakhstan, Russia and the Ukraine declare IWD a public holiday where businesses, educational institutions and government offices close.
- Many countries mark the day by marching to support women’s rights, inviting people to speak publicly on gender equality and women’s empowerment, and holding more events throughout the year to contribute to the theme of the year. You can find events near you for 2018 on the IWD site.
There are 5 actions you can take to support this year’s IWD theme – #PressforProgress. You can even register your intent on the IWD website to keep yourself accountable.
- Maintain a gender parity mindset
- Challenge stereotypes and bias
- Forge positive visibility of women
- Influence others’ beliefs / actions
- Celebrate women’s achievements
Want to learn more? Visit the International Women’s Day official site to see how you can think, act and be gender inclusive.
Gentlemen – thinking you should have your own day? Good news – there is one! It’s called International Men’s Day and is held November 19 each year. Check it out to see how you can contribute to your gender community.
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