8 Tips for Celebrating International Women’s Day Everyday
Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a worldwide celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and this year’s theme is one that is very near and dear to our Generation W hearts: accelerating gender parity. While much progress has been made, we also need to be aware of the work that still needs to be done. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in progress had occurred and the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.
So, what can we do? Today, we encourage you to head over to the International Women’s Day site and take the pledge for parity. But, we don’t want you to stop there–we want you to celebrate International Women’s Day everyday with these great tips adapted from Angela Coleman’s recent blog for Huffington Post
1. Use #PledgeForParity in your social media throughout the entire year.
2. Mentor girls. Checkout our Generation WOW initiative to see how you and the young girls in your life can get involved.
3. Mentor women at your workplace. Not sure how? Here are some great tips from the American Association of University Women.
4. Support women by being there for them in times of need–and times of celebration. Want to see what happens when a group of women come together? Register now for Generation W 2016, April 8th, at the University of North Florida.
5. Speak out against injustice and violence against women everywhere. There are some great organizations in Jacksonville, such as Hubbard House and Rethreaded, that are raising awareness of injustice and violence against women. Visit their sites to see how you can get involved.
6. Heal yourself and share your story. Women Writing for (a) Change is a wonderful Jacksonville organization created to nurture and celebrate the individual voice by facilitating supportive writing circles and by encouraging people to craft more conscious lives through the art of writing and the practices of community.
7. Volunteer with women in other countries to understand global women’s issues better. Vital Voices, co-founder Alyse Nelson was one of our Generation W speakers last year, is a great site for educating yourself on the global issues of women and how you can get involved.
8. Encourage men to support gender equality. Learn more about the He for She campaign initiated by UN Women and have the men and boys in your life pledge their support.
What will you be doing to celebrate International Women’s Day today–and everyday?