March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day! This year’s theme declared by the UN is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”
As I’ve been conducting research for a design project for the past couple weeks and it correlates so well with this theme and this day, Astrelabe will be focusing the remainder of March (and maybe beyond) on my process and progress relating to Speaking up Against Sexual Harassment.
I’ve been coming across many things in the news that are being done for this International Women’s Day. Other than sharing the work I’m trying to do, I’m including a list of things I myself or others might be interesting in doing for this day:
Paint It Purple is an awareness campaign initiated by internationalwomensday.com to celebrate women’s achievements and call for greater equality. The hashtags #PaintItPurple and #MakeItHappen mark this campaign and the idea is to wear purple on March 8, 2015 to show your support and celebrate International Women’s Day 2015.
As Oxfam is the reason I found out about this day to begin with, and because I’m such a big fan of their website, I will recommend their page centered on resources and donation options for this day: Oxfam-International Women’s Day
However, any cause for women you feel passionate about wherever, donate what you can. Every little bit helps!
Google search your city’s events
Search “International Women’s Day (your respective city…New York, Toronto, Amsterdam, Karachi, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, etc wherever you live)” and see what shows up. I can guarantee some documentary screening, some dinner event, some kind of commemoration is going on. See if there’s anything you’d like to be part of.
Watch, read, learn
There are a lot of issues and concerns out there that threaten the equality or justice for women. Some of these include sexual violence, inequality in the workplace, gender discrimination, and inaccessibility to education. Read an article, watch a documentary, learn something new about these issues.
Participate in YouTube’s #DearMe campaign
To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2015, YouTube is launching a video campaign giving your older self advice and it’s pretty neat: #DearMe on ABC News
Tune in with Emma Watson
Emma Watson will be hosting a conversation about gender equality and UN Women’s HeforShe campaign, a global movement to engage men and boys in the effort.
Tune in on March 8th: Emma Watson on facebook
Go out and celebrate with other women friends, talk about issues you care about, give each other small gifts of appreciation.