Did you know? The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911, though the United Nations launched International Women’s Day on March 8, 1975 during International Women’s Year. The two groups organise separate activities but they have both built March 8th into a great day to get together and celebrate the achievements women have made socially, economically and politically while calling for greater equality. Now that’s something we all can get behind!
For International Women’s Day, the official theme for 2015 is “Make it Happen”, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women. UN Women will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, remembering when 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists gathered in Beijing for the 4th World Conference on Women. Their official theme is “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!” Oh yes, we can.
Now gather your mom, sister, and/or best girlfriends and join the conversation both online and in the community!
Calling All Social Media Mavens
Both teams have made it easy for you to join in and keep up with what’s going on.
Follow the official social media accounts to keep up with news and engage with fellow supporters:
International Women’s Day Main Accounts:
UN Women Official Accounts:
- Facebook and don’t miss their Facebook Live event with UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, on March 8 (1 p.m. EST), streaming live at here.
Speak up via social media and share your thoughts using the following hashtags:
International Women’s Day Hashtags:
UN Women’s Hashtags:
And for all the Type-A’s out there, UN Women even has a very detailed social media kit complete with sample tweets, images and cover photos for you to use.
For All the Community Builders
Joining the global online conversation is great, but don’t forget there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate in Singapore as well.
All Fired Up! for International Women’s Day with AWARE on March 8
AWARE sure know how to raise awareness of a great cause while having a ton of fun! With women’s football, piñatas, bubbles, jugglers, and more, you won’t want to miss joining them in getting all fired up at their carnival this International Women’s day! They’ll also have a kid’s corner, which is great because it’s never too early to start sharing about gender and equality advocacy.
Location: Hong Lim Park, bounded by North Canal Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Pickering Street and New Bridge Rd.
Venus Run on March 8
Organised by the Singapore Athletic Association, this 5km run (and 800m run for kids) is an all women’s run that encourages women to live an active lifestyle and increase participation in sports and fitness activities. Registration has closed for 2015, but if you’ve missed out this year, cheer on the runners and KIV for 2016!
Location: Gardens by the Bay East, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
SUCCESS INSIDE OUT Workshop on March 19
The Singapore Committee for UN Women and BBX Singapore have organised a workshop to help you groom success with confidence and map your life’s purpose! A tall order, but we’re sure you’re not ones to shy away from a challenge! Tickets are available until March 14.
Location: The Octagon, BBX Singapore, 105 Cecil Street, #05-00. T: 64383128
Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibition until March 31
For the month of March, the East Garden Foyer Gallery at The Fullerton Hotel is hosting a wonderful photo exhibition celebrating Singaporean women who have made, or are making, an impact with their vision, passion, talent and creativity, enterprise and leadership, care and compassion. There are 108 inductees from across all fields, so there’ll definitely be stories that inspire you! If you’re interested in a guided tour, they are happening every Saturday from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
Location: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178. T: 6733 8388
Apply for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World! until July 1
Calling all 18 to 35 year olds! Want to win a US$25,000 grant to support the development work you are doing in the region? Get your thinking caps on and check out Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World! This 5-year-old initiative provides a platform for young change-makers to share how they would enable women economically throughout Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa through 5 minute pitch videos. The 2015 theme is ‘Technology or Design for Economic Empowerment’ so make sure you demonstrate how you use design or technology as a tool in the work you are doing. Applications are being accepted until July 1.
This joint initiative, between the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, was launched in 2011 in line with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa.
Lead image sourced via Pinterest