International Women’s Day

Each for Equal

“Start to assess your life step by step and work out who you are and how much more dangerous you could be if you got fearless and ferocious.”- Deborah Francis White-

Today (8th March) is International Women’s Day. It’s a day of celebrating women’s achievements socially, politically, economically and culturally. This year’s campaign theme is #EachforEqual focusing on how we collectively can create a gender equal world through challenging stereotypes, fighting bias and broadening our own perspectives.

Obviously I’m not going to solve all the issues in one day, but I’ve been brainstorming a few simple ways of supporting and celebrating other women:

Donate or volunteer for a women’s charity  There are a number of charities in the UK that support women’s causes. Women’s Aid helps women and children who have been victims of domestic violence and the Refugee Women’s Association provides guidance and training to refugee and asylum seeking women. Internationally there’s the Global Fund for Women, that campaigns for women’s rights around the world and Share and Care Foundation that are empowering women in rural communities in India.   

Sign an online campaign form  Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a 37 year old charity worker, was arrested in Iran in 2016 whilst visiting her family. She has not been allowed to see her daughter or a lawyer and her husband believes she was showing signs of the coronavirus. There is an online campaign form for her release.

Watch a film directed by a woman As you’re probably aware there were no female directors nominated for an Oscar. Production companies produce films driven by audience viewership. If we collectively watch more films directed by women and with female protagonists, production companies are more likely to fund them.

Catch up with female friends and family  Make time in the day to contact those that I haven’t spoken to in a long time and see how they are.  

I hope these ideas can help you. If you’ve got any more, I’d love to hear them.

Have a fantastic International Women’s Day!

Rosie

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