Marked annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. With safe distancing still very much practised around the world (hello, we’re in a pandemic!) we’ve put together 5 simple and safe ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day 2021.

#1- #ChooseToChallenge

This year’s IWD theme is #ChooseToChallenge.

Individuals and organizations are invited to send and share their #ChooseToChallenge images from around the world in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2021.

Strike the Choose To Challenge pose and share on social media using #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world.

Will you #ChooseToChallenge?

#2- Show your support for women-owned small businesses

It’s not easy running a business at the best of times, let alone now. Show your support for women-owned businesses in your community by making a purchase, leaving a positive review or even giving them a shoutout on Instagram.

When you find something good–let people know. A simple action goes a long way.

#3- Attend a virtual event

Given that work from home is still a reality for most of us, how about looking at some virtual ideas for IWD celebrations this year?

Find an International Women’s Day event HERE, locally via a quick Google search, or discover one on Eventbrite.

You could also take the time to organize a virtual lunch and learn, coffee, or film screening over Zoom with your colleagues. After all, it’s really the small steps that help in the bigger push for gender equality at the workplace – why not start with yours!

Hearing women share their experiences, knowledge, and advice is one of the best ways to get inspired to make change. 

#4- Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project

If putting pen to paper is more your thing, The National Women’s History Museum has launched the Women Writing History: A Coronavirus Journaling Project and is asking women, girls, and gender non-binary individuals to participate in the simple act of recording their daily thoughts and personal experiences during this pandemic in order to document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women’s lives.

Everyone has a story, submit yours HERE.

#5- Fundraise for a female-focused charity

International Women’s Day (IWD) provides a perfect opportunity to fundraise for female-focused charities, help raise their visibilty, and amplify their awareness raising efforts.

Think big and encourage your employer to make a corporate donation or keep it simple and make a donation yourself to a registered charity or nonprofit that works for the advancement of women and girls. 

Find IWD charities of choice HERE.

Whether hosting an event, reporting on achievement, donating to a female-focused charity, or more – there are many ways to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Remember, sometimes simple words of encouragement and love can go a long way in lifting someone up and inspiring them to keep going. Send a text, call or Facetime an important woman in your life to let them know how awesome they are.

How will you help forge a gender equal world?

Wishing you a Happy International Women’s Day 2021!

Blog post written by Pangea Dreams Social Media Manager and #PDTRBali Oct 2018 Alumni Mollie Brown. Find her on Instagram: @HelloMollieBrown