International Women’s Day

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With International Women’s Day being just around the corner I thought today I would share with you the different events that are happening around the UK, ways to celebrate and one woman that inspires me daily.

#IWD 2019

International Women’s Day is on March 8th. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The Campaign theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter. A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

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UK Events

There are so many amazing events, talks and festivals happening on Friday 8th March and the weekend. I’m going to cover the top five I have found to give you all an idea of places you may like to attend.

Brighton: Starting off with my hometown of course. So what does Brighton have to offer for IWD?! On Friday 8th March, there is a Women’s strike for a feminist future. For more information please read this Twitter thread!

On Saturday 9th March, the Brighton Dome is hosting a FREE event for all ages. The event consists of inspiring speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts & crafts, causes and campaigns, with fun for all the family. One highlight being a talk from Miss YasminisYasmin – a social entrepreneur, campaigner, single parent and feminist Muslim. In this personal talk, a born and bred Londoner explores how she whistleblew to change her world, and her love affair with Bangladesh.

On Saturday 16th March, Brighton & Hove’s PLATF9RM will be hosting a day of compelling talks from a host of inspirational female speakers, to highlight the benefits of gender equality. Tickets are just £5!

London: If you are based in London, then there seems to be a ton of incredible events taking place. From festivals, to live speakers – here’s a great article I’ve found!

Birmingham: If you can’t make this weekends celebrations – Birmingham City University is hosting an entire month of events, talks and workshops at its xCHANGE Festival. On Thursday 28th March the festival offers a talk delivered by Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Liverpool: The Everyman Cinema in Liverpool’s Metquarter is temporarily rebranding as Everywoman for March, and will be hosting plenty of special screenings to celebrate women’s accomplishments. Expect a month long of hand-picked films including Clueless, Thelma and Louise, Bridesmaids and Legally Blonde.

More Ways To Celebrate

Donate: There are so many incredible charities and organizations that help women around the world. Find a cause that matters to you, donate whatever you can to help make a difference.

Posters: Download the #BalanceforBetter posters and ask colleagues or friends to think about what progressive actions they can take. Write them on the posters, or add yellow sticky notes. Check them out here!

Selfie Cards: To help spread the message and show your support you can snap a selfie with the cards and use the hashtags #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019. Check them out here!

Start a Conversation: The ideal opportunity to start a conversation about gender equality. Whether you’re with your friends and family, or even at work, ask people about their thoughts on gender equality. Encourage other women around you to speak up about their experiences, a conversation can go a long way.

Event Packs: If you’re looking to run your own event on Friday then I recommend checking out the event packs that IWD offer. They include activity cards, posters, balloons – everything you will need to instantly create an engaging and professional atmosphere. Check them out here!

Watch a Film: I recently saw a tweet from Film4 who are marking #IWD2019 with four nights of female-focused films. Featuring first plays of Ghostbusters, The Love Witch, Diary of a Teenage girl and more. You can find the full listing here!

Jade Darmawangsa

To round off I wanted to talk about one woman in particular who inspires me every single day.

@jadedarmawangsa

I have been following Jade for around a year now and to say I am obsessed is quite the understatement. She is such an inspiration and I admire her work ethic and knowledge. Not to mention she’s killing the game already in her teens!

If this is your first time discovering this woman then let me give you a little background information. Jade is an entrepreneur and digital hustler, her personal brand focuses on social media growth and motivation. In 2017 Jade founded PBJ app, an educational platform to grow your brand awareness. She then received “Creator on The Rise” feature on YouTube Trending Worldwide and “Top 100 Business Podcast on iTunes”. You can find her channel here!

Let me know how you plan to celebrate International Women’s Day in the comments!

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