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What is a great way to celebrate International Women’s Day? Deviating from the ‘sending roses to women’ kind of thing, I have a few suggestions for you to celebrate this day of women.
The theme for this 2018 International Women’s Day is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’. The reality is that even though this topic is a much discussed one and many campaigns have been organised around it, the impact is not yet felt on that scale – we still have a long way to go.
With that in mind, here are some truly positive ways to celebrate International Women’s Day this year.
Listening to talks of noted feminists or women who have contributed to others women’s lives, or reading their books is a nice way to enjoy the day – and educate yourself about feminism and the struggles that women have gone through. Here is a good list to start with.
Raise money or make a contribution, however small, towards worthy causes such as homes that support victim of violence (e.g. domestic abuse victims, victims of harassment etc.) This move will help empower such individuals on their journeys in getting back their lives. Such an act will also raise the motivations of the people who are involved in supporting women who are victims of violence.
For the younger women out there who are yet to step in the professional world, you can organize activities in your campus or in your hostels. Educate people on the concept of gender equality; you can organize plays as well to increase awareness and have fun in the process! Go beyond your privileged circle and maybe organise an interaction with women in difficult circumstances – see if you could come together to support other women in some way.
You can even volunteer with non-profit organisations, which organize events for Women’s Day. Volunteer and help them in preparing and managing for an event, and you could continue volunteering in various capacities through the year – make sure you stay committed and spend time every week, starting this week!
Have a positive and productive Women’s Day!
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