International Women's Day

Posted on March 07, 2017 by Lahna Pottle
Categories: Primary, Secondary, 16-19s,

Sasha Austin-Seade shares with us her thoughts about International Women's Day and how we can engage and inspire our students; both boys and girls. 

When you hear female empowerment what do you think of – the spice girls? Burning bras? Or even power suits and stiletto heels?

The word empowerment means the authority or power given to someone to do something.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is upon us again and for those who have no idea what I’m talking about “March 8 is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity”.

It began in the early 1900’s and has been receiving greater traction with many countries having it as a national holiday.

The challenge we face as adults who work with young people is how to inspire them to feel empowered (and not just the females).

We often feel that inspiring or empowering others is something out of our reach, or requires us to have super powers but that is far from the truth.

This year’s IWD theme is #BeBoldForChange. Each one of us has the ability to be inspired and/or inspire those around us.

How can we be bold for change?

Here are a few ideas to get you started

  • Get your young people to look at and research some of the movements/ initiatives around the world. There are loads out there:
  • Think about women making a difference in your local community.
  • Talking to women in your youth group/church who are making a difference.
  • Read and discuss important women in the Bible:
    • Esther (Esther 1-10)
    • Deborah (Judges 4)
    • Ruth (Ruth 1-4)
    • Mary (Luke 1:26-56)
  • Think about the women making a difference in your school.
  • Look at examples of powerful women from the past or present:
    • Rosa parks
    • Cleopatra
    • Mary Wollstonecraft
    • Emmeline Pankhurst
    • Malala Yousafzia
    • Mother Theresa
    • Aung Sang Suu Kyi 
    • Benazir Bhutto
    • Michelle Obama
  • Lastly, get your young people to identify the needs around them and begin looking for solutions.

Over all we want to give our young people an opportunity to find out what they can learn from others. See what changes they can make and what ideas they have that can help our societies more equal.

If you want to know more about international women’s day visit the official website https://www.internationalwomen...

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