An equal world is an enabled world

Stronger together: The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively.

Stronger together: The first International Women's Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively.

While Beyonce sings about girls running the world, in reality, all we really, really want is to zig-a-zig-ah... Equality.

Working to redress the balance and push for gender parity is International Women's Day (IWD), which has occurred for well over a century.

It celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

This year, IWD will be held on March 8, and its 2020 campaign theme is #Eachforequal, which draws on the notion of 'collective individualism'.

The campaign explains, "We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviours and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society.

"We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

"Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender-equal world."

Even in the last decade women around the world have made monumental strides challenging the status quo in media, politics and activism. But there is still a ways to go before true equality can be achieved.

We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

International Women's Day

There is no shortage of events on in major cities around Australia promoting the campaign and offering some life lessons, networking and entertainment along the way.

These are run by all sorts of collectives, including businesses, women's networks, schools, governments and so on.There are also numerous ways in which you can get involved in running your own #EachforEqual campaign.

The International Women's Day website (internationalwomensday.com) suggests identifying your goals (be it raising awareness, influencing behaviour, challenging stereotypes, launching initiatives, etc.) and your audience - for instance, is it your community, friends and family employees, local government, or another key group of people?

Then decide what you can do (organise an event for example, or run social media posts) and download the International Women's Day selfie cards or posters to help spread the word about your support.

It can even be as simple as starting a conversation with a friend about equality and what you can do within your daily lives to make a difference.

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