#IWD2019 | Celebrating International Women’s Day

Gone were the days when women were not allowed to vote, be educated, be literate, had a voice in the household or community and contribute her opinions (reminiscing Belle’s community in Beauty and The Beast fictional story).

To have March 8 as an annual celebration dedicated to women inaugurated actions of revolution. Celebrating International Women’s Month empowers more of women’s roles in the society.

Women’s placement in the history of mankind used to depict female as beings that needed to be tamed in preparation for domestication and child-bearing. This was the norm and socially acceptable back then.

Women had no voice, but parity for women have long been supported globally, by governments, industries, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, the media and more. It has occurred for more than a hundred years.

After the Socialist Party of America organized a Women’s Day on February 28, 1909 in New York, the 1910 International Socialist Women’s Conference suggested a Women’s Day be held annually. Today, International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others, it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

As you can tell, the rest is history and women’s rights have come a long way, and yet still have a lot more to achieve. The International Women’s Day campaign for 2019 is dubbed as “Balance for Better – Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”; hence, the hashtags #BalanceForBetter and #IWD2019 to a path towards a more gender-balanced world to celebrate women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements and raise awareness against biased-communities.

“We cannot all succeed if half of us are held back.” It is one of my favorite profound quotes from Malala Yousafzai, a world renowned young feminist. Imagine the resonance of a gender-diverse workplace where we can all contribute ideas for a wider client-based to more productive benefits. Such schools or institutions, like TESDA, support women who aspire to have careers that used to be only available to men.

We can commemorate International Women’s Day by actively participating in movements that support women’s representation or by simply doing simple things that celebrate femininity. For one, you can create a gender-equal collaboration #BalanceForBetter mini-campaign with your colleagues or community to launch initiatives for #IWD2019 for a meaningful cause-related marketing or raising awareness through behavior-influencing activities.

Engaging your colleagues and friends through social media to demonstrate your support could also amplify awareness. Challenge a non-biased discussion and create a harmonious atmosphere in these demonstrations and try not to be too aggressive when doing so because remember: We are aiming for equality and not superiority. You can download IWD logo and banner. Watching historical films that depict women’s struggle and strength is also a good way to inspire motivation.

If you happen to be an educator (or an influencer of any kind), take this opportunity to run activities or create presentations that advocate women’s advancement in the society. Make your audience contribute their ideas too on how to celebrate IWD2019 and encourage their support for female prowess. We can all take this chance to provide resources for the future generations to come.

Run a Female-focused activity with progressive actions that accelerate gender equality. IWD is not an exclusive organization, it is a globally notable occasion, so we can make our own observance to honor this day. Read a book, watch/run videos about IWD, organize a running marathon, hold a tea party, or whatever ideas you have in your mind to express gratitude and observance for the day.

Being a female is such a challenge, even to this day. Femininity is stigmatized and women are constantly undergoing extremities to prove her worth, like being independent or like, get involvement in sports and politics. To look back in history with gratitude for what women did to fight for her rights as an equal human and to be able to be given a chance to make her way into the society is also an intimate way of commemorating IWD.

It is a shared responsibility to motivate others to dash into a more gender-balanced world. Brigham Young, an American religious leader, once said, “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation”.

The future is so exciting with the thought of gender-balanced communities. We can all do our part to help make this put into reality. The #BalanceForBetter campaign is set to unify gender-balanced roles not only for a day but for the whole year, and hopefully for all the years to come.

Let us motivate one another and do what we can to make a truly positive change for women by taking action to end gender discrimination and move women out of a stereotypical image. This year is another special one because the magnitude of support to women’s rights have a more powerful stance, and it doesn’t matter how little the steps might be, because in the end, the future looks a lot more promising than it could ever be.

Kath Borja
Content Writer

Kath Borja is a fanatic of Logic, Science, Arts and Literature. An advocate of peace and feminism. Moon worshipper. Writer, performance artist and master of ceremonies.

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