Happy International Women’s Day (IWD)! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that IWD is one of my favorite holidays, and one I first became aware of while living in Ukraine as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In short, IWD is a global celebration of women’s achievements but also a day to raise awareness and campaign for change around the continuing lack of gender equality in many countries and societies.
On this International Women’s Day, I did the following: sent messages to the inspirational women in my life; listened to “The Guilty Feminist” podcast on my journeys to/from work; had my ESOL and Functional Skills English learners do an IWD quiz and talk about things like the gender pay gap and paid maternity leave (or the lack thereof) in different countries; and lifted weights at the gym! See below for more tidbits that caught my eye for IWD this year:
In true Guilty Feminist fashion, here is my ‘I’m a feminist, but…’ for IWD, something my fellow RPCVs from Ukraine and other eastern European countries will appreciate:
I’m a feminist, but part of me misses being given flowers and chocolates and wished a good women’s day, love, happiness & luck in a short speech given by Ukrainian schoolchildren.
So many inspiring quotes in the IWD Google Doodle.
Nicholas Kristof, on point as usual:
Some astonishing facts here:
We’re celebrating International Women’s Day by highlighting some of the biggest issues, and successes, impacting women’s rights today. Here are a few, by the numbers. #IWD2019 pic.twitter.com/pwFM4ONiYr
— Heather Barr (@heatherbarr1) March 7, 2019
Supporting gender equality in athletics. There’s a big push in the UK for women and men to finally run the same distance in cross country races – it’s ridiculous that this is not yet the standard!
I’ll leave you with this from UNESCO:
We all can make a difference, by rejecting bias & discrimination, ensuring that online spaces are safe for all, celebrating women’s achievements & fostering women’s contribution in the digital sphere & all spheres of life
— UNESCO (@UNESCO) March 8, 2019