March 7, 2017
Revolution isn’t for the fainthearted. Important rights that were long denied to women (such as the right to vote) were not given but fought for. It took tenacity and innumerable sacrifices. Now it’s up to us. Today, women and men are fighting together for “a more inclusive, gender equal world.” This is the year that we must #BeBoldForChange.
While millions of people will be celebrating on March 8th, many festivals, talks, marches, and other events will be held throughout the week. You can find out more information about local events in your community on the official International Women’s Day website. Listed below are a few examples.
- WOW- Women of the World festival (Southbank Centre, London). This festival will run from March 7th to March 12th. There will be an indoor market where people can buy products, workshops for students, and talks about everything from women and finances to Brexit to international activism. Find out more here.
- International Women’s Day rally (Toronto, Canada). On March 11th, protesters and noisemakers will be marching in downtown Toronto. Their battle cry is “Stop the hate, unite the fight, and build resistance.” For more information on the rally, check out this website.
- Women Walk and Work for Peace 2017 (Wellington, New Zealand). On March 8th, there will be a peace walk from the grounds of the New Zealand’s Parliament Buildings to Civic Square. There will also be songs and dances. Check out their website for more information.
- The 2017 Catalyst Awards conference and dinner (New York, New York). On March 8th, Catalyst, the nonprofit that promotes inclusivity in workplaces for women, will be hosting an awards night. The 2017 Catalyst Awards honor organizations that are helping to “advance women in business.” You can find more information here.
- A Day Without A Woman. The organizers behind the Women’s March on Washington are also organizing an economic solidarity protest called “A Day Without a Woman.” For the protest women take a day off paid and unpaid labor, avoid shopping for one day, and wear red in solidarity. There will also be an A Day Without A Woman gathering in New York. More information about the event and the protest can be found here.