With the safety distance still widely practiced around the world, Priya Sunil has come up with eight simple and safe ways to commemorate IWD 2021 – whether with your team or as an organization.
International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021 will take place on March 8. Although the circumstances are different this year, it’s still a day to celebrate women around the world, their achievements, raise awareness of women’s equality, and more.
The theme for this year’s IWD is #ChooseToChallenge, with the following shared on the official website # IWD2021:
“A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and speak out against gender prejudice and inequalities. We can all choose. to seek out and celebrate the achievements of women Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.
From the challenge comes change, so let’s all do it choose to challenge. “
With a safe distance still widely practiced around the world, Human Resources Online has put together eight simple and safe ways to commemorate this day, whether with your team or as an organization.
# 1 Get your team involved in the official #ChooseToChallenge campaign
This one is fun and easy – get the team together, whether in the office (keeping safe management measures in mind) or in a virtual chatroom, to strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose by raising your hand. According to the official IWD website, this pose signifies your “commitment to choose to challenge inequality, speak out against prejudice, challenge stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world.” While you’re at it, also consider submitting the photo as an engagement to the IWD site!
If it is difficult to have everyone’s time for the photo, you can always choose to make a collage instead.
# 2 Host a (virtual) catch-up lunch to commemorate the day
Lunch is always a great way to bond and catch up on food outside of the workplace. Why not take this time to get everyone to share their stories about the inspiring woman in their life or a public figure they admire?
Taking the time to thank the women in your team / organization for their hard work in a speech would also be good. After all, it really is the small steps that contribute to the biggest push for gender equality in the workplace.
# 3 show your support for small businesses owned by women
We all know that starting a business is not easy. And today, many women are breaking the mold and starting their own businesses, a far cry from what we saw a decade ago. Show your support for these women-owned businesses – whether that’s signing up for a session if it’s a fitness brand, buying them items as an office gift, or even giving them a shout out. line. Simple action goes a long way.
# 4 host an online movie watching party with strong women
Who doesn’t like a movie with a strong woman? Let them make their best fighting moves like in the hit of the 2000s Charlie’s angels, to venture into a war to save mankind (Wonder Woman), or break stereotypes (The revenge of a blonde), there is something we can learn from each character.
With Netflix Party and Rave, or even the screen sharing option on your video calling app, it’s time to pop the snacks and start playing. For some movie ideas to catch, Rotten tomatoes put together a list of 77 which you can check out here.
# 5 Trivia Night, are you interested?
Take part in the competition, and test everyone’s knowledge with this activity! Whether you do it in small groups at the office or host it pretty much like everything else these days, Trivia Night always brings good old-fashioned fun all around. This one may be themed “Women Who Made History” because, don’t we all want an excuse to spotlight Maya Angelou, Malala Yousafzai and our latest favorite – Kamala Harris? 🙂
If you need a little help organizing a virtual Trivia Night, we’ve found some helpful tips on Medium.
# 6 fundraising for a women’s charity
He doesn’t have to be local. There are many charities in your country and around the world that could use funds to support women in all areas, especially poverty and education. So what better way to commemorate this meaningful day than to involve the team / organization in a fundraising activity? If you are considering hosting a Trivia Party, this could be a sure-fire way to raise money for charity.
# 7 Go for the long term – review your internal D&I Strategies
Most of the ideas we’ve listed so far are more for the short term, but we can’t forget that what’s long term is what really matters. While these activities help reiterate the importance of uplifting women, what is most crucial is advocating for a change in mindset.
As HR, you play an important role in this regard – and you can do your part in pushing for leaders to adhere to more flexible employment policies that meet the needs of parents and dedicated leave structures, among others.
As an organizational leader, you can do your part to push for more women in leadership positions and in the C-suite, and better pay structures to ensure gender pay equity in the organization. While gender parity is not expected to be achieved so soon, you can still do your part to lead the world in that direction.
Here are some of the many inspiring companies Human resources online recently presented:
# 8 Last but not least, keep it classic with a thank you note
Often, we tend to forget the impact that a simple “thank you” can have on someone. So the next IWD is a great way to show your appreciation with a thank you note for your team.
Whether it’s handwritten, printed, or digital (again, like almost everything these days), it’s really thoughtfulness and sincerity that matters.
I wish you a happy International Women’s Day 2021!
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