International Women’s Day on March 8th is quickly approaching. What are you planning to do to celebrate the day and honor all the achievements of women around the world?
While we can all agree that there is a long way to go in terms of achieving political, social and economic equality for women around the globe, we think International Women’s Day is a great time to reflect on where we’ve come from and where we’re going in terms of creating a better world for women.
And we all know that the world as a whole will be better when women are offered equal opportunity.
Here are some of our top picks for this International Women’s Day, the 101st anniversary of the day!
1) Watch the Women in the World Summit – Inspiring leaders like Fawzia Koofi, Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Brown, Angelina Jolie, Alek Wek, Meryl Streep, Lauren Bush Lauren (our friend & partner at FEED Projects), Diane von Furstenberg, Zainab Salbi, Alyse Nelson and many others will be speaking at the 3rd annual Women in the World Summit in NYC from March 8-10th. Can’t make it in person? No worries – you can watch the live webcast!
2) Visit the MAMA Exhibit on Global Motherhood & Sign the Every Mother Counts Pledge – The International Museum of Women and Christy Turlington’s Every Mother Counts initiative have teamed up to bring you an incredible exhibit on global motherhood. As part of this compelling online exhibition, there is a call to action to sign a pledge to prevent needless pregnancy-related deaths and improve health outcomes for women around the world.
3) Become a Sister on the Planet with Oxfam America – Oxfam America is working to invest in women and fight poverty by uniting women around the world as Sisters on the Planet. Oxfam America is now harnessing the power of women to create political and social change through its Sisters on the Planet initiative. Today, a diverse group of American women known as Sisters on the Planet are raising awareness about hunger, climate change, and other crises facing women in poor countries. Learn more or become a Sister on the Planet here. Or shop for a Sisters on the Planet Prosperity Candle to support their work and spread the word.
4) Blog for International Women’s Day with Gender Across Borders & CARE - Gender Across Borders and CARE have teamed up to bring a global voice to the day with a live blogging event. This event is a “day where bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations are asked to write about the International Women’s Day theme on March 8.” Their theme this year is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”. Learn more here!
5) Join Women on the Bridge - As we wrote about in an earlier blog post, Women for Women International has started a global movement that has captured the imagination of women around the world. In 2011, Women for Women galvanized women from Accra to Baghdad, London to New York to gather on bridges in solidarity for women around the world. This symbolic act emphasized that women create bridges of peace. Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International, will be speaking at the New York Join Me on the Bridge event on the Brooklyn Bridge. Learn more about events in your neck of the woods here.
6) Honor a Woman who has Changed your Life with a Unique Gift – In addition to advocating for women’s rights, spreading the word and attending an event, we encourage you to find a unique gift for a woman in your life this International Women’s Day. How many women mentors, teachers, relatives and friends have supported you in your personal journey in life? How many have inspired you to be true to yourself? Brave in the face of many challenges? Consider sending a gift to these women this year to share with them how much they have changed your life. As always, each of our candles comes with the name of the woman who made it. By buying a candle you directly support a woman as she rebuilds her life, making each candle a vehicle for social change and global connection!