In March 2021, we celebrate women twice – first on International Women's Day (March 8th) and then on Mother’s Day (March 14th). During these days, the presence of important women in our lives is honoured and cherished. Whatever the role these women have played, they all deserve to be feel loved and supported.
International Women's Day
One way to show love and give back to these women is by taking part in celebrating International Women's Day (IWD). IWD is a United Nations-sanctioned global holiday that celebrates women's rights and contributions to society. It also inspires people to support organisations that help women globally and raise awareness of the ongoing fight for gender equality.
In 1909, the Socialist Party of America took to the streets to honour those who protested against inhumane working conditions. This movement was called National Women's Day and took place on February 28th. Then, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women’s Day on March 19th, 1911. More countries in Europe followed and celebrated on March 8th. It was on March 8th, 1975, during the International Women's Year, that the United Nations celebrated IWD as an official holiday.
How to Celebrate Women's Day in 2021
It is not unusual for women around the globe to be out on the streets and take part in the festivities. But this year, Women's Day will be different as most countries are observing physical distancing and isolation to prevent the spread of Covid. Nevertheless, it is still possible to celebrate Women's Day while at home.
1. #ChooseToChallenge and join the social campaign
Each year, IWD has a theme to tackle social issues on gender parity. This year's Women's Day 2021 theme is #ChooseToChallenge. It is meant to raise awareness against bias and taking action for equality. It also celebrates women's achievements.
You can show your commitment to challenging inequality by posting a photo of yourself with your hand in the air using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge and #IWD2021. The simple act of posting on your preferred social media platform is highly impactful. You may even encourage family, friends, and colleagues to get involved in the celebration.
2. Send a thank-you note
Don't underestimate the power of a simple 'thank you.' Since Women's Day falls on a Monday this year, show your appreciation to your team with a simple thank you note. It can be handwritten, printed-out or digital - it doesn't matter as long as you are sincere and your message is clear.
3. Create an IWD playlist featuring female artists
What is a celebration without some groovy tunes? Compile your favourite songs by epic female artists and synchronise remote listening. Share this themed playlist with your colleagues so you can have a blast while working at home.
4. Set up a virtual coffee date with a colleague
Often, you neglect to grow your network especially when you are not a fan of online interactions. Use Women's Day as an opportunity to get inspired or learn something new from a woman in your workplace. Have a virtual coffee date where you ask 15 to 30 minutes of their time to talk about their career, experiences in overcoming workplace bias, leadership, or other topics of personal interest.
5. Organise a book club
Reading about women's issues, empowerment and achievements is a way to educate oneself. Consider starting a book club with friends or folks in your community to get a deeper understanding of the experiences faced by women around the world. Show your support by looking for titles from women publishers and authors.
6. Have a film screening
Films impact how audiences learn about gender norms and the way the world is perceived. Watch movies with a woman's point of view by selecting films by women directors or women-centric casts.
7. Donate to charities supporting women
Make a difference in the world by donating to a charitable organisation supporting women. Choose not-for-profit organisations that fight for gender equality and women's rights.
8. Acknowledge the women in your life
Whether it's someone in the family, a mentor, or a colleague, simple words of encouragement can inspire them to keep going. In these difficult times, people need love and support to lift their spirits. It is the perfect time to send a text or call the important women in your life and let them know how awesome they are.
9. Actively support women-owned small businesses
It is not easy to start and keep a business running daily. It is more difficult to have it afloat during a global pandemic. Despite the challenge, more women are starting up businesses and providing employment opportunities to their local communities.
This March 8th, why not look for businesses in your community you can support? Purchase an item, sign up for their service or give them a shoutout online. Go the extra mile and show your support for these women-owned businesses by doing these for the whole month.
One example of a small business that supports women is The Flower Shops. A network of some of the finest florists across the UK, The Flower Shops doesn't only bring happiness through fresh flowers. It also empowers women-owned flower shops to reach their potential by creating opportunities to reach new customers.
10. Order flower delivery online
What better way to express gratitude and admiration than through a bouquet of fresh flowers? Mother's Day is not the only celebration where flowers are given to important women. It is a Women's Day tradition to send flowers to family, friends, and other badass women in your life who deserve it. Make their day with beautiful flowers from your local florist.
Why Gift Flowers for Women's Day
- A bouquet is a thoughtful gift.
Working with a florist to pick out something that she will like shows that you have put effort into your present. Also, you can't go wrong with flowers unless the person is allergic to them.
- Flowers convey a special meaning.
Women and flowers have something in common - they are both special. When a woman gets flowers delivered to her (especially in a public place), it's almost like there is a spotlight on her for the day. Meanwhile, flower delivery at her doorstep lets people know that someone cares deeply and passionately for her.
- Flowers provide lasting joy.
Getting flowers for a loved one means that you will receive a smile in return. The happiness they feel upon receiving beautiful fresh flowers lingers. Upon receiving the flowers, she will busy herself in arranging them in a vase and look for the best spot to place them. This delightful me-time continues until the flowers slowly but surely come into full bloom.
- A bouquet always comes as a surprise.
No one who has had flowers delivered revealed what arrangement they have picked. Choosing luxurious flowers as a gift for Women's Day is something she won't see coming.
- Flowers represent femininity.
Flowers represent a woman's beauty. While they both appear to be delicate, they are fully capable and withstand different seasons. Each also has its description, representation and care necessities. These characteristics are what separates both from the rest of the crowd.
Why should you celebrate the women in your life?
You should celebrate the women in your life because they are worth it. Each of them is unique with different flaws and talents that make them human. They deserve to be treated fairly and equally in all facets of life.
As you celebrate big names, remember that as a woman yourself, your inner and outer beauty is there to be explored and celebrated. As an individual walking this earth and a person contributing to society, you should be proud of yourself and your story. International Women's Day is not just for a single woman or someone who has done something big and life-changing, but it is for all women around the world - including you.