International Women’s Day is an important day to celebrate women’s progress and continue the fight for gender equality. It’s also a great opportunity to show support to your fellow women. From listening to lifting them up and sharing opportunities, there are many ways to do this. Here are ten options to get you started on doing your part in making a difference in creating a more equitable and just world for women.
1. Listen and Validate.
When women share their experiences or feelings, it’s important to listen to them and validate their experiences actively. As women, our voices need to be heard and acknowledged.
2. Lift Them Up.
Women can be their biggest critics, so being their biggest cheerleaders is important. Please show your support by lifting them up with words of encouragement and praising their accomplishments. There are no accomplishments that are too little to celebrate
3. Share Opportunities.
When you come across an opportunity that could benefit a woman, don’t hesitate to share it with her. This could be a job opening, a networking event, or a professional development program. Whatever it is, and no matter how seemingly small, please share.
4. Mentor or Be Mentored.
Mentorship is a great way to support women. Offer to mentor someone just starting in their career, or seek a mentor who can help guide you through your career journey. Many women will definitely do better if they have someone to help point them in the right direction.
Support organisations that are working towards gender equality by donating your time, money or resources.
6. Educate Yourself.
Educate yourself on the issues affecting women and seek out diverse perspectives. This can help you be a better ally and advocate for women’s rights.
7. Speak Up.
Use your voice against gender discrimination and inequality. This can be done through social media, letter-writing campaigns, or participating in rallies. We all see these happen daily, even in small communities like offices. It doesn’t matter where you are. All that matters is that you make an effort to speak up.
8. Be Inclusive.
Create an environment where all women feel welcome and valued. This means being inclusive of women of different races, cultures, and religions.
9. Support Women-Owned Businesses.
Shop at women-owned businesses and recommend them to your friends and family. This can help support female entrepreneurs and break down gender barriers in business.
10. Celebrate Women.
Celebrate the achievements and successes of women in your life, community, and worldwide. Show your appreciation for the women who inspire you and positively impact your life.