International Women’s Day (IWD), held on March 8th every year, is a day of celebration and advocacy for women’s rights and equality around the world. Companies are celebrating IWD in a variety of creative ways, albeit a little differently this year as social distancing measures are still very much in place around the world.
So, to get you inspired, we’re sharing 5 different ideas companies of all sizes can get involved with and celebrate #IWD2021, showcasing women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality.
We hope this will give you some inspiration as you plan your company’s events for next Monday, March 8.
The theme this year is #ChooseToChallenge, with the following statement shared on the official IWD website:
"A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge."
This year the organisers of IWD are encouraging companies to get involved in the campaign by encouraging staff to take a photo of themselves striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose and pledging to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes and help create a more inclusive world.
This is a great opportunity for companies to get on board, share photos of your staff on your company’s social media channels, as well as submitting your team’s photos to IWD to be featured on their global social media channels.
'If she can't see it, she can't be it'. Listening to women who have already travelled the path share their life experiences, knowledge, and expert advice is one of the best ways to get motivated to take action. This year, as most of the events will take place virtually instead of in-person, there are lots of great online events planned for International Women’s Day with great speaker line-ups.
As you’re planning your celebrations for your organisation, research some interesting events in your industry or community and encourage your staff to register with you. A great place to start is the International Women's Day Event Showcase Page where you can browse over 628 events listed all across the world with an array of impressive speakers.
A virtual coffee morning is a simple virtual meet up you can implement on IWD to bond and catch up in the work setting. Why not introduce this years theme #choosetochallenege and get everyone to share their experiences about the inspirational woman in their life, or a female public figure they look up to?
Often left unsaid, we tend to forget the impact a simple 'thank you' can have on people. This is opportune time to thank and recognise the women in your team/organisation for their hard work and dedication. After all, it's really the small steps that matter and help in the bigger push for gender equality at the workplace. So, whether it's a thank-you card for your team, or simply an email or zoom call (like almost everything these days), it's really the thought and sincerity that counts.
Most of the ideas we've listed so far are more short-term, on the day ideas you can implement, but we can't forget that what's long-term is what truly matters. While these activities shine the light on the importance of uplifting women, what is most crucial is advocating a change in mindset.
As HR, you play a pivotal role in this - and you can play your part in pushing for more women in leadership positions at C-suite and lobbying for better pay structures to ensure gender pay equality in your organisation. While gender parity is still quite a bit away, you can still play your part in moving the dial in the right direction. For more tips on how to build a comprehensive D&I strategy in your company download our Beginners Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace.
We’d love to hear from you! How will your company be celebrating International Women’s Day 2021?
Companies will celebrate #IWD2021 a little differently this year as social distancing measures are still very much in place around the world. Here are 5 ideas companies of all sizes can get involved with and celebrate #IWD2021 with their team.