#PressforProgress this International Women’s Day

Women's Day protests in the Philippines

Hundreds of female activists in pink and purple shirts protested against President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines on International Women's Day 2018. PHOTO CREDIT: Bullit Marquez/AP via The Guardian

 

Today is International Women’s Day! International Women's Day is held every year on March 8th to celebrate women's achievements throughout history and across the world. It is also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women's Rights and International Peace.

 

 

This year, the theme is #PressforProgress. People around the world are protesting and pressing for women’s rights today. The Women’s Day website has outlined specific ways we can all fight for gender equality:

 

Maintain a gender parity mindset

 

  • question any lack of women's participation

  • identify alternatives that are more inclusive

  • nominate women for opportunities

  • always include and support women

  • think "50/50" as the goal

 

 Challenge stereotypes and bias

 

  • question assumptions about women

  • challenge statements that limit women

  • always use inclusive language

  • work to remove barriers to women's progress

  • buy from retailers who position women in positive ways

 

 Forge positive visibility of women

 

  • identify ways to make women more visible

  • extend opportunities to women first

  • assume women want opportunities until declined

  • select women as spokespeople and leaders

  • support visible women

 

 Influence others' beliefs / actions

 

  • supportively call-out inappropriate behavior

  • campaign for equality in meaningful ways

  • lead by example via inclusive actions

  • be a role model for equality

  • actively contribute to changing the status quo

 

  Celebrate women's achievements

 

  • believe achievement comes in many forms

  • value women's individual and collective success

  • ensure credit is given for women's contributions

  • celebrate women role models and their journeys

  • support awards showcasing women's success

 

 

Join a community of peacemakers and create a project to address gender equality today!