March Awareness Days : Week 1: International Women’s Day

March 11, 2021

• Celebrated March 8, 2021

On January 20, 2021, history was made in the United States when the first woman and first woman of color was sworn in as the Vice President of the United States of America. In honor of our first female Vice President, we will begin this month’s celebration of awareness days with the celebration of International Women’s Day Campaign. The IWD theme is: #ChooseToChallenge noting:

A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change.

So, let’s all choose to challenge!

The International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day has occurred for more than a century with the first gathering held in 1911. On March 8, 2021, the International Women’s Day Campaign asks you to:

• Celebrate women’s achievements
• Raise awareness about women’s equality
• Lobby for accelerated gender parity
• Fundraise for female focused charities.

The International Women’s Day Campaign is calling you to join them to call out gender bias and inequity. We will spend the entire month of March looking at different awareness days and then challenge you to find virtual events in our community or on social media and become involved. The International Women’s Campaign is asking you to “Strike the #ChooseToChallenge Pose” by raising your hand assertively and show that you choose to challenge inequity. Show your solidarity in choosing to challenge and call out aspects that are unhelpful to women. Will you raise your hand high and pledge to #ChooseToChallenge?

Colors for the Day: Purple, green and white. Purple signifies justice and dignity. Green symbolize hope. White represents purity. The colors originated from the Women’s Social and Political Union in the United Kingdom in 1908.

Women’s rights have improved a lot over the past century, but still not enough and not everywhere. Females should be able to live equally and have all the opportunities to achieve what we want.

There are all kinds of discrimination that goes on worldwide. Among these there is trafficking, lack of representation in politics, domestic violence, and rape. 98 percent of women in Somalia are victims of genital mutilation and there are pupils in Somalia actually raped by their own teachers.

During International Women’s Day, events will take place around the world to celebrate the achievements of women. To support worldwide activity, the International Women’s Day website provides:

• Free guidance and resources
• Searchable IWD events database
• Platform for collaborative purpose-driven missions
• Women-owned business IWD supplier directory
• Fundraising channel for female- focused charities

Visit the International Women’s Day website at: You can also post your own show of support on your social media platform on how you feel about the International Women’s Day!!

Next Week: March Awareness Days: : Environmental Awareness Day

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