5 things YOU can do on International Women’s Day

Sometimes it can feel that the gender parity gap is too large for any one of us to make a difference, but in truth every single step we take towards a fairer, more equal world is worth the effort. Today is International Women’s Day – a day where we focus, together, across the entire world, on a concerted drive towards respecting and honouring women, and ensuring that all human beings have equal opportunities, whatever their gender.


So today – act. Take five simple steps. And if you are short of something to do, do these five things:

  1. Be inspired by the IWD site and read about the #PressforProgress campaign – “whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation – everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.”
  2. Enjoy the Google Doodle for the day, which highlights artwork from 12 female artists, especially commissioned for today.
  3. Seek out the equality and diversity policy of one or more of the organisations with which you are aligned – a charity, a company, a school, perhaps – and read it. Think about how these values are lived in practice … and how they could better be achieved.
  4. Reach out to a(nother) woman in your life, and lift her up: thank her, recognise her, stand in solidarity with her.
  5. Commit to action – write a list of three things that you will do this year that will make a difference – in your local community, in a national organisation, and through contributing to global change.

Every step matters. Celebrate womankind today.

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