Every year on March 8, people around the globe recognize International Women's Day. It is a day to acknowledge the cultural, economic, political, and social achievements of women around the world.
If you're looking for International Women's Day ideas to celebrate the day and promote female empowerment, here are five activities to consider!
1. Volunteer at a Women's Shelter
There are many nonprofits that rely on volunteers to thrive, and this includes women's shelters. Reach out to a local organization committed to providing women with protection and support and ask how you can help. There are likely a variety of volunteer opportunities available, such as volunteering in resale stores, performing administrative tasks, or helping with the daily maintenance of keeping safe houses running smoothly.
2. Sign Up to Mentor Young Women
Consider joining a mentor program or tutoring a young woman through a local school or community center. Sharing your own skills or interests to help empower young women can be rewarding for both the mentee and mentor.
For example, I coached an after-school running program for elementary-aged girls via Girls on the Run. We took short jogs around the neighborhood together, and the program also contained lessons about the importance of balancing emotional and physical health. After a few months of meetings, everyone in the group completed a confidence-boosting 5K together.
3. Organize a Discussion on Female Empowerment
One of the best ways to celebrate International Women's Day is to have an open and honest discussion about how to support and uplift women. You could connect with others at your workplace and create a panel of professional women who support each other's career goals. Or, you may decide to gather with women friends you know personally. Within your personal group, you could commit to buying art made by women, reading books by women authors, or supporting women-owned businesses.
4. Give to Charities with a Female Focus
If your budget allows, support female-focused charities, either for the month of March or throughout the year. This could be an organization that supports women's health or promotes female education, domestically or internationally.
5. Invest in Yourself
If you are a woman who is already booked with work commitments, family obligations, and other activities, consider International Women's Day ideas that involve investing in yourself. This could be taking time to watch a career-building seminar or setting aside a few hours to recognize your own personal wins.
Showing love and gratitude for women can happen in a variety of ways, big and small. On March 8, there are many things to do for International Women's Day to celebrate women's achievements. Whether you decide to organize an online party with attendees from around the world or stay in to watch a movie written and directed by a woman, know that every recognition matters.
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Why It's Good
Celebrating International Women's Day is an ideal way to recognize the cultural, economic, political, and social achievements of women around the globe. On March 8, turn your dedication to supporting female empowerment into action!