Today marks the 112th International Women’s Day.
It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of gender inequality around the world and celebrate the accomplishments of women. Here are eight ways you can mark the occasion:
- Take an official holiday if you are in one of 28 countries around the world. (Note: if you are in China, Macedonia, Madagascar or Nepal, it’s women-only).
- Tune into Angelina Jolie as she helps kick off Newsweek &The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit, which centers on first-person storytelling by trailblazing women. This year’s lineup also includes Meryl Streep, Nobel winner Leymah Gbowee, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright and many more.
- Participate in the live tweetchat (#CSRwomen) and watch the event live stream hosted by the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) on the role of business in empowering women.
- Participate virtually in Women for Women International’s annual “Join me on the Bridge” campaign. The campaign started in 2010 when women from Congo and Rwanda joined together on the bridge connecting their two countries, showing that they could build the bridges of peace and hope for the future. This action sparked a massive global movement, and last year they were joined by thousands of people on hundreds of bridges worldwide.
- Join Christy Turlington and rock your red lipstick (see Rock The Lips campaign) as they aim to get 1 million women to wear red lipstick to celebrate International Women’s Day and think about other ways they can join forces to make a difference.
- Give or receive flowers or small gifts — in countries from Cameroon to Croatia to Chile, it is customary for men to give the women in their lives these items today.
- Check out this Women Deliver list of “the 50 most inspiring ideas and solutions that are delivering for girls and women.”
- Invest in a young professional woman and her future. Chances are, someone invested in you when you were entering the workforce – pay it forward by sharing lessons learned, tips and insights you gleaned along the way.