International Women's Day Resources and Support
International Women’s Day is a time to learn about, reflect upon and challenge gender inequality each year. It may be difficult to create activities or plan designated time to celebrate women, so we have compiled a list of free resources you can use!
This list is diverse in application and can be used by young teenagers, university students and those with young children. Some of these resources are:
- Downloadable sources for different age groups that introduces and develops ideas of gender equality by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)
- The International Women’s Day website has many print-off supplies available. These include fact sheets, case studies, activity task cards and role model questionnaires.
- Amazing videos that explain the history of women’s rights on youtube, such as ‘A Global History of Women’s Rights’ by UN Women
- ‘Little People, Big Dreams’ book collection by the author Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Each book within this collection focuses on the life of an individual, such as Maya Angelou, Harriet Tubman and Dolly Parton. The challenges these individuals were able to overcome are highlighted through the use of beautiful illustrations.
It is important that support and appreciation for all women is not confined to a single day or month. Whilst these resources are incredibly helpful and educational, we can also actively change our own behaviour to help support women every day, and every month.
There are so many ways that we can support women in 2021, starting within our own families and friend groups. Connect with the women closest to you in your life and empower them. This can be illustrated in different ways, such as prompting conversation with your family about sexual harassment in the workplace or encouraging your friends to apply for leadership roles within their community.
On a wider scale, choosing to support women who are masters in their field goes a long way. Making the active decision to read more books from women authors, to amplify women’s voices online and to purchase from women-owned businesses can have a much more lasting impact. It is especially helpful to give more space to women who are minorities, such as LGBTQ+ and BAME.
We have also listed several charities that focus upon gender equality throughout the UK. These are:
- Girls Who Code: Their mission is to close the gender gap in tech careers by offering learning programmes to young girls and women
- Rosa: They fund a diverse range of women’s organisations in the UK to tackle issues relating to leadership and representation, safety, health and wellbeing, and economic justice
- Fawcett Society: They have been campaigning for gender equality since 1866 and continue to do so through research efforts to collect hard-hitting data
- Imkaan: The only UK-based women’s organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritized women and girls
- Bloody Good Period: They hope to achieve menstrual equity and have partnered with 100 asylum seeker drop-in centres around the UK, to help provide more women and people who menstruate with sanitary products
- Dress for Success: Their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support and professional attire
- Contact: They offer support and help to vulnerable young women in Manchester, by providing a hostel as a home.