March is an inspiring month for women — it is National Women's Month, after all — but it is especially because of International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8. Although thousands of women plan on participating in the Day Without A Women protest in the US on March 8 alongside the group of women who were behind the Women’s March, there are other ways women around the world will be celebrating International Women's Day. So how do other countries celebrate International Women’s Day?
Considering the values of International Women’s Day, mostly every country has the same core values and mission when it comes to celebrating International Women’s Day: It's all about bringing awareness to feminist issues and how to make gender equality a reality in all aspects of life, while also appreciating the women that in our lives. However, the way that cities around the world are going about sending that message is unique and inspiring.
There are tons of marches (because what other way to send a message these days but take to the streets and scream at the top of your lungs?), but also numerous places where women are getting together to talk and be inspired by women that are making an impact in their communities around them.
Here’s a small glimpse at how the world is celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2017.
The Women’s Property Initiatives will be hosting a screening of “Hidden Figures” the eve of International Women’s Day, March 7. They will have a choc-top, popcorn, and bottles of water for viewers starting at 6 p.m. The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival will also be hosting a panel over breakfast the following day.
London is kicking of International Women’s Day nice and early. At 8 a.m. people will be gathering at the Trafalgar Circle as a part of the #BeBoldForChange campaign that is a consecutive phrase throughout International Women’s Day events. They are also running their own campaign that is bringing awareness to sexism within the world of art, and a Women of the World festival at Southbank Centre between the 10th and 12th of March.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Emirates Airline Literature Festival, which takes place in Dubai, will be hosting a panel discussing their personal and professional stories and how they continue to live out the #BeBoldForChange mantra.
Tokyo will also be hosting a panel to bring awareness for gender equality in Japan. The event Spotlight on Japan 2017 is hosted by Mums in Business Tokyo and The Peninsula Tokyo.
People in Florianopolis will be participating in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk, one of the 134 walks taking place in 60 different countries around the globe on Mar. 11, 2017. The hope with this walk is to connect women leaders and spark a global movement.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Those in Kuala Lumpur is another one of the cities participating in the Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk on March 11, 2017.
Another march will be happening in Zurich, but this one will be under the American Women’s Club of Zurich; a club founded in 1931 which actually appreciate the American way of life when it comes to being a woman, and encourage others to connect and claim their independence. The march kicks off at noon at Ganymed Statue.
My English School Milan will be hosting one of their morning teas on International Women’s Day to relax and talk about the impact that women have been making on the world, and how that chance can continue be a reality.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Another march (seriously, go women, this is awesome) being held in Spain. They will be marching on International Women’s Day as well.