Celebrate International Women's Day
March 8th is International Women's Day. This is a time for Canadians to celebrate the progress that has been made toward equality for women and their full participation in all aspects of society. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the barriers that remain and to take action to overcome them.
Here are just a few ideas for how you can celebrate International Women's Day:
- Join the conversation online by taking part in the #EqualityMatters social media campaign. Tell the world why equality matters to you using the hashtag #EqualityMatters. Tag a woman or man who is helping to make gender equality a reality.
- Invite an accomplished woman to speak to a group you're involved in (school class, club, church, youth group, etc.) about her experiences and career development.
- Recognize the achievements of an exceptional woman in your community by profiling them in a local paper or on your blog, making a donation to a charity in her name, or nominating her for an award (such as the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case).
- Take part in or organize an International Women's Day event in your community.
- Tell others about the significance of this day by writing an article, letter to the editor or blog post, or by sharing your thoughts on social media
- Start a group at your school or work to organize an International Women's Day celebration on March 8.
- Download the International Women's Day poster and put it up in your office, home or community.
- Encourage young people to get involved in celebrating International Women's Day by developing a lesson plan, creating an exhibit, completing a project, or staging a play.
- Learn more about the challenges facing women around the world by reading about women pioneers or watching a documentary, film or television program on women's issues.
- Donate your time to a cause that supports women and gender equality. There are many interesting projects focused on gender equality in your community and around the world.
- Talk with men and boys about their role in advocating for women's rights.
- Organize a spirit day at your workplace or school to raise awareness of International Women's Day.
- Plan a fundraising event (e.g. bake sale, used book sale, etc.) at your workplace or school for a charity that works with women or works to advance women's rights (e.g. a women's shelter).
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