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5 Ways to Mark International Women's Day

By Charlie Lally
07.03.19

Today is International Women's Day - a global day for celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity. If you want to mark the occasion but aren't sure where to start, here are some ideas for things to do:

 

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter - a call for gender equality in all aspects of our lives from our workplaces to the media. IWD encourages us to take responsibility and be active in our quest for gender balance and global feminism, but this can sometimes seem a daunting challenge to take on! 

At Eco-Age we believe that small steps can lead to big change and, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up some ideas to mark International Women’s Day:

 

 

 

Image Credit: Jorge Oviedo / EyeEm

 

Attend an IWD Event

Although International Women’s Day officially takes place on Friday 8th March, there is no shortage of events to take you through the weekend. We’ll be looking forward to the amazing line-up for this year’s launch of The Women of the World (WOW) Foundation, taking place at London’s Southbank Centre on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March and including talks with writer and comedian, Jo Brand, and the award-winning blogger, Childera Eggerue, aka the Slumflower. Get your tickets here.  

Champion women’s sport

It’s estimated that only 7% of sports media coverage is dedicated to women’s sport, and there remains a huge disparity between the support and value put on women’s sport versus their male counterparts. While big corporations are continuing to primarily focus and invest in male dominated sport, we can help to break this cycle by showing our love towards the inspiring female athletes around the globe. As the finals of the Six Nations tournament draws nearer, why not take the opportunity to cheer on the women’s teams? Link to the fixtures can be found here

Listen Up

With so many female broadcasters and writers producing fantastic content here in the UK, there is no reason to spend your commute scrolling through your Instagram feed for the 100th time! In our quest to devote less time looking at screens we’ve been listening to some inspiring, informative and hilarious podcasts such as Wardrobe Crisis by Clare Press, The High Low, and Get It Off your Breasts. 

(MORE: 8 OF THE BEST PODCASTS FOR ACTIVE CITIZENS)

 

Celebrate Literary Queens

On March 4th the Women’s Prize announced its longlist of 16 books, recognising a diverse group of talented female writers spanning different genres. Since its inception in 1996, The Women’s Prize for Fiction has showcased the remarkable women working in the literary industry and has become a respected accolade worldwide. Check out the long list for inspiration for your next read and use the opportunity to set up a book club with your friends, or join our Eco-Age book club and let us know your thoughts on our Sustainability Book of the Month - Slay in Your Lane.

Give Back

There are numerous incredible organisations working tirelessly for women’s rights, both locally and around the world, who could benefit from your support. Take this opportunity to make a donation or contribute some of your time to a cause that you feel passionately about. Whether your donating clothes to a women’s shelter or writing to your local MP on a topic that affects those around you, every step will make a difference! 

 

See our list of Inspiring Women for International Women's Day.

Watch Annie Lennox and The Circle's International Women's Day short film.

5 Ways to Mark International Women's Day