Wednesday, March 7, 2018

5 Simple Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day From Your Home or Office

The International Women’s Day is a global event that celebrates women’s achievements in the social, economic, cultural, and political arenas every March 8, according to the International Women’s Day website. It also serves to remember the movement for women’s rights and gender parity. In some European countries like Romania and Ukraine, Mother’s Day also happens to fall on March 8.

International Women’s Day is all about women empowerment. But if you’re at work on March 8 (like most of us), here are some simple ideas to celebrate it.

1. Learn more about International Women’s Day Campaign.

To start with, learn more about the campaign itself and what they are working on this year. The campaign theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress.

Think about how you can contribute to the campaign. The easiest way to start is by maintaining a gender parity mindset and your commitment to fight for your rights, whether at work, at home, or within your communities. If you’re a business owner or in the management position, support initiatives that promote gender equality and diversity.

You can also use this time to research women's volunteer organizations or advocacies to support. Check the World Advocacy website.

2.  Watch inspiring talks by women.

Spend your break time watching inspiring women talk about leadership, success, self-motivation, and other life-changing topics. Here is a list of videos to watch:

There are a lot more videos of inspiring talks by women on YouTube. Choose a topic that speaks to you best.

3. Get to know more about inspirational women.

Learn more about women who have helped changed the world or your world. So it can be someone as popular as Oprah or Mother Teresa or someone as close to you as your grandma or your favorite female teacher. It can also be a female character or figure that you look up to, like saints or biblical characters. Get to know more about them and their life. You can always pick nuggets of wisdom from women who inspire you to be better.

Start with this list:
As for me, the first inspirational woman who came to my mind is the Blessed Mother. For Christians and Catholics, she is the mother of Jesus. She embodies love, kindness, compassion, humility, self-control and courage--all the qualities you need to be an empowered woman. Just imagine how she must have felt when the angel Gabriel told her that she would conceive the son of God, while she was already engaged to Joseph.

It must have been really scary! It wasn't the humiliation that was scary, but the possibility of being stoned to death as this was the punishment at that time for women who get pregnant out of wedlock. But she kept these and other things she couldn’t change in her heart, while raising her son and being a compassionate mother to many. She never let fear get in the way of fulfilling her role.

This to me describes what women empowerment is all about. It's about having the courage to overcome our fears--our fear of failure, our fear of being looked down upon, our fear of rejection, and many other fears, because only then can we truly live our purpose.

A beautiful image of the Blessed Mother with the title "Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Graces”

4. Support a female friend.

Now is a great time to reach out to a female friend who might be needing that extra push or support. It can be your friend who is about to give birth or who has just given birth. Giving birth is an experience that is unique to women and it takes a lot of sacrifice and courage to be a good mother. You can also reach out to a friend who is going through a difficult time in her life, with an illness or a personal crisis. Hear her out.

You can also support a female friend or colleague who has just started a new venture. Show interest in what she does by asking her questions or by simply congratulating her. The fact that someone is checking in and asking about what she's doing is often enough to encourage her to keep going.

5. Wear something ultra-violet.

Ultra-violet is the color of International Women’s Day because purple has been associated with gender equality. It also symbolizes visionary thinking.

Wear something purple today. It can be your clothing, accessory, or your makeup. But if your work won’t permit you to change the color of your clothes and accessories, you can try purple-toned makeup. A safe choice is a plum/purple eyeshadow. I pick this L’Oreal ParisColor Rich Pocket Palette in Violet Amour.

Happy International Women's Day to all ladies who are reading this, wherever you are in the world. Our gender is something that unites all of us women :-)

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