Get Up, Stand Up, Stand Up for Your Rights on International Women’s Day
With only four days left to go until the world joins together to celebrate women on March 8th, it’s time to start hashing out your plans for the big day. While we fully agree that every day should be celebrated as women’s day, this coming Sunday is an opportunity for women all across the globe to get up, stand up and fight for the many rights we still have not been granted, such as equal pay, for example. And there are many ways to do so! Whether you’re looking to take to the streets in protest of the lack of support for female medical care or would like to use the opportunity to introduce your daughters to the women who marked history, the important thing is that you are raising awareness or are reflecting on how far we’ve come since the suffragettes led the way.
If you’re feeling the excitement but aren’t quite sure what to do with it yet, here are various ways you can take a stand and/or celebrate International Women’s Day with your tribe of ladies!
Africa Talks: The Global Legacy of African Women Writers
If you happen to be in London this weekend, you’re in for a real treat. Not only will you find plenty of events to join for International Women’s Day, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the LSE Festival – organized by the London School of Economics – which runs from March 2nd– March 7th, with the theme Shape the World. One of the most exciting events to take place during the LSE Festival, is the Africa Talks: The Global Legacy of African Women Writers panel, which will take place on March 7th, from 12:45PM to 2:00PM.
Here’s what you can expect from Africa Talks, as advertised via the official International Women’s Day website:
“African literature is increasingly esteemed around the world, but the true extent of its global historic influence remains largely overlooked. Negotiating the common obstacles of race, class and gender, African women writers have long-confronted crucial matters of independence, freedom and oppression.
Margaret Busby, the editor of New Daughters of Africa—a major international collection showcasing the work of more than 200 women writers of African descent—is joined by the highly acclaimed writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika, and Angela Wachuka – leading publisher of some of Africa’s leading voices, to reflect on the impact of women writers on shaping the ways we understand today’s social and political upheavals.
Addressing African literature’s rich cultural history across centuries and continents, the event will explore sisterhood, feminist movements, political and academic thought and the ways African women have taken ownership of these spaces through memory and storytelling.”
International Women’s Day in Lagos
Based in Lagos and looking to spend your IWD in a meaningful way? Then don’t miss out on this exciting event hosted at the Enterprise Development Centre on March 6th. From 8:30AM to 2:30PM, the center will stand in light of promoting entrepreneurship in Nigeria under the motto: An Equal World is an Enabled World.
“Every year, on the 8th of March which is the International Women’s Day (IWD), EDC joins the rest of the world to inspire and celebrate women through various events in all its alumni hubs. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s and has evolved globally as a day for recognizing and celebrating women across developed and developing countries. Join us as we hear, celebrate and inspire women across Nigeria through various events and masterclasses across our alumni hubs.”
Another event you might be interested in is, Standing Tall: An International Women’s Day Event which will be hosted at the Kairos Hub in Lagos from 9AM to 5PM, and follows this years’ official IWD motto, Each for Equal.
“The key objective of this event is to celebrate women's achievement as well as encourage more women to stand up and stand out - thus, our event theme - STANDING TALL.
We want to encourage and teach the women in our community to take charge of their growth and become more confident in standing tall - by becoming leaders at work, in business and in life. Standing Tall event is organized to commemorate Intl Women's Day.
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- Collaboration over Competition
- Crafting your path and telling your story
- Where you are vs Where you want to be
- IamRemarkable Workshop
- Moyo Ogunseinde (Founder, Upbeat Centre | Chairperson, Lagos State Gymnastics Association)
- Tosin Durotoye (COO, FilmoRealty | Founder, Bloom Africa)
- Simi 'Drey' Adejumo (Actress, TV & Radio Host | Winner, The Future Awards '19)
- Chika Uwazie (Entrepreneur & Recruiter)
The Mama Project: Songs, Lullabies & Poems in Celebration of IWD
For a Cape Town based IWD celebration, consider attending this wonderful event organized by the Mama Project, in Arlington. The Mama Project: Songs, Lullabies & Poems in Celebration of IWD event will make for a lovely afternoon for both mamas and their little ones running from 3PM to 4PM.
“AIFF is proud to highlight International Women’s Day with a cross-promotional program, an Arlington based project that works with women from Cape Town, South Africa. Boston women connect with under-resourced communities, to create opportunities for women to meet, make art, share culture, develop relationships, and build confidence around what it means to be a woman.”