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 8 different ideas companies of all sizes can get involved with and celebrate #IWD2022, 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 Tuesday, March 8.
The theme this year is #Breakthebias, with the following statement shared on the official IWD website:
"Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias."
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 IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image, video, resources, presentation or articles on social media using the following hashtags #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias. The pose for this year is to simply cross your arms to show solidarity.
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 a multitude of 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 #breakthebias 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.
The IWD website has a bunch of resources you can access and use to support IWD. They even have IWD 2022 Zoom backgrounds that you can download and use to inspire and engage your friends and colleagues to #BreakTheBias.
Get your executive team on board and get them to write few words on the importance of actively supporting women's advancement in the workplace. Share this statement with your employees on IWD via email or even on the company's LinkedIn page. CEOs, and C-Suite leaders of organisations who support women's advancement are also invited to submit an IWD 2022 Influencer Statement.
Browse the array of IWD Lean In tools and resources that may help you if you plan to host an International Women’s Day event for your organisation and help challenge bias. We recommend checking out the IWD 50 Ways to Fight Bias Workshop you can conduct in your organisation or the Lean In Circles Workshop that provide women in organisations with the peer mentorship and support they need to advance.
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 2022?
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Here are 5 ideas companies of all sizes can get involved with and celebrate #IWD2022 with their team.