By Raquel Azoulay

5 non-stereotypical ways to celebrate International Women's Day

F*CK YEAH ITS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY! 


To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate. I’ll be honest, I took a look at some other suggestions out there and they’re all pretty stereotypical, which if you ask me, goes against the entire suggestion of women's day. 


So for all my women-identifying friends, here is a modern 2022 list for you.

1. P A M P E R  S E S S I O N 

I appreciate the irony here and realise that this is a strong stereotypical suggestion to open with and goes against everything I just said, but some things are just no brainers, and treating your skin to some TLC is one of them.

Grab your face masks, your cleansers, that weird and questionable skincare tool you saw your favourite influencer promoting that you’re pretty sure doesn’t work but you bought it anyway, and get comfy. It’s glow time baby. 

dog with wrapped in a blue towel, wearing a sheet mask and cucumbers on its eyes

2. Bust out that one rep max you’ve been dying to hit at the gym. 

What says international women's day more than breaking a stereotype. Gone are the days of the cardio bunny - women lift heavy now. You know what, go all out on this one and make sure you throw in one of those ‘UGH’ grunts that make everyone in the gym stop and go huh? (but inside they’re all ‘Woah, she’s really strong. 

Miss Trunchbull from Matilda movie

 

3. Do that thing that you talked yourself out of.

We all have something we’ve been wanting to do, but then self-doubt crept in and we thought “ah, maybe not”. Well NOT TODAY SISTER, today is the day you do it! Go and stand in front of the mirror, give yourself the pep talk of your LIFE, and do it. 

Doooo it. Do it. #justdoit 

(Unless this is a Cassie moment and you’re thinking of sleeping with Nate Jacobs.. don’t do that.)

Rue, when was this? Euphria scene

4. Message someone that inspires you. 

Let em know! International Women's day is all about appreciating the strong, intelligent, talented and simply extraordinary women in our lives, so go be a boss as bi*tch and hype someone up! It’s a guaranteed endorphin boost for you and whoever you’re messaging. 

5.Get charitable. 

Gender equality isn’t just a woman's issue, it’s a human issue. There are heaps of organisations that are working to lift women up and bring us closer to equal opportunities. Here are 10 non-for-profit organisations that are empowering women around the world. 

Malala Fund

Malala and Ziaddin Yousafzai founded the Malala Fund in 2013 to help ensure every girl’s right to a free, safe, and quality education. With over 130 million girls out of school today, the Malala Fund invests in local education activists, advocates to hold leaders accountable at the local national, and international level, and works to amplify girls’ voices. The Malala Fund is currently prioritizing Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. Malala was an education activist in Pakistan and has now become the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Her story is incredibly inspiring and she continues to impact young girls and women around the world.

UN Women

Dedicated to the empowerment of women and the promotion of gender equality, the United Nations Women organization works tirelessly to meet women’s needs and rights worldwide. They focus on ensuring that women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems, have income security and economic autonomy, live free from violence, and have more influence in building peace and resilience. UN Women works with member states to help implement the standards of UN women and coordinator the UN System’s work on gender equality.

Girls Who Code

GirlsWhoCode aims to inspire more girls and women to enter the historically predominantly male-dominated computer science, engineering, and coding fields. With fewer than one in 5 computer science graduates being women, the gender gap is huge. Girls Who Code hosts clubs, summer programs, and college programs for girls who want to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. With over 8,500 programs worldwide, there’s bound to be a Program near you!

Bright Pink

Bright pink is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women to manage their health and prevent breast and ovarian cancer. They mix digital tools and in-person programs to educate young women and healthcare providers.

Days For Girls

Days for Girls is committed to shattering the stigma of menstruation around the world. They work to increase access to menstrual supplies, provide education and care for women’s health, cultivate social entrepreneurs, mobilize volunteers and innovate sustainable solutions to help fight limitations for women and girls worldwide. When founder and CEO Celeste Mergens was working in a Kenyan orphanage, she learned many women were sitting on cardboard while menstruating, missing school. This set her mission to help ensure girls’ and women’s access to menstrual hygiene products, eventually leading to the creation of a washable, long-lasting pad. This tied with education has changed the lives of over 2 million girls and women.

Strong Women Strong Girls

Strong Women Strong Girls is on a mission to empower girls to reach their full potential in all areas of life. They champion the aspirations and potentials of girls by connecting three generations of women through mentorship. They share stories, skills, and work to build a pipeline of powerful, diverse leadership to transform opportunities for women and girls worldwide.

Dress For Success

Dress for success is a nonprofit organization that helps women develop their careers and achieve economic independence. Once economically disadvantaged women finally land an interview, appropriate workplace attire can often become an issue. Dress For Success works to make sure this is not a barrier to a job interview. They help women by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to thrive.

Solar Sister

Solar Sister is a nonprofit that invests in women’s clean energy businesses in off-grid communities in Africa. Solar sister recruits trains and supports women entrepreneurs to build businesses and build clean energies for their communities. So far, they have kickstarted 5,000 clean energy entrepreneurs!


Girls inc.

Girls Inc. is a network of nonprofit organizations that focus on the development of supporting mentoring and guidance in a pro-girl environment. Girls learn to value their whole selves, discover and develop their strengths and receive the necessary support as they navigate challenges. They encourage active and healthy lifestyles, provide academic enrichment and support, and life skills instruction.

Step Up

Step Up is a non-profit organization that helps empower young women in under-resourced and underserved neighbourhoods to join the next generation of professional women. They empower their participants to take action to graduate high school on time as a confident, college-bound, career-focused young woman. They provide after-school and mentorship programs across the country. Between 98-100% of all Step Up Seniors graduates high school and were accepted into college in the last 5 years.

(Source: https://www.crimsoneducation.org/

 

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