Every year, on March 8, the celebration of International Women’s Day takes place around the world. In some areas, the celebration tends to focus on the achievements of women, including their political, economic and social achievements. In other areas, it is seen as more of a general celebration which is designed to engender love, appreciation and respect to women around the world. Regardless of where you live in the world, however, it is a day that should be commemorated. Here are some ways for you to do so which will help to bring out the flavor of the celebration and to provide recognition for women on this special day.
Wear a Purple Ribbon – Purple ribbons are worn for a wide variety of causes, from ADD and ADHD to Alzheimer’s disease, anti-gay bullying and adoption awareness. It is also the color ribbon that is associated with international woman’s day. In 1990, The Purple Ribbon Campaign was initiated by the Woman’s Action Coalition of Nova Scotia. The original purpose of wearing a purple ribbon was to remember all women who died violently and in particular, 14 women who died on December 6, 1989 in Montréal, something which has become known as the Montréal massacre. By wearing a purple ribbon, you help to raise awareness of violence against women, which is certainly a worthy cause.
Help Spread the Word – Rather than letting this day pass by silently, get involved and help to spread the word about this international celebration. One of the ways that you can do so is by submitting stories to media outlets. You can also use a variety of promotional materials that can be downloaded and printed to promote this day in your organization or through a variety of other outlets.
Join me on a Bridge – This unique campaign was started by women in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They met on a bridge, joining the two countries together to signify the peace that was possible when women joined forces. From those humble beginnings, the join me on a bridge campaign has spread worldwide. Among the different parts of the world which will celebrate in this campaign are San Francisco, Boston, London, New York and Toronto. Of course, you do not need to live in those areas to take part in this event. Start a join me on the bridge campaign in your area.
Go Braless – Many petite women like to signify their unity with other women by going braless on international woman’s day. This is not something that needs to be distasteful. It can help to signify your desire to be free of the bonds that have held women in suppression for centuries.
Start Something Online – People have become interconnected through social media in ways that were not possible just a few short years ago. Why not take advantage of that connection and raise awareness for international woman’s day through Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets? This can be done with a simple post or by starting a game, such as the Half the Sky Movement Facebook game. It is designed to raise funds and awareness for women worldwide.
“The PURPLE RIBBON CAMPAIGN,” Chebucto Community Net, http://www.chebucto.ns.ca/communitysupport/Men4Change/qa.html
“Half The Sky Movement: The Game,” Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/HalftheGame