What to do when International Women’s Day is over

On days like International Women’s Day, we try to do our bit to appreciate the group of people it aims to celebrate but once it’s over, it’s forgotten. Let’s not do that this time. Here are a few tiny things we can do to carry on celebrating the women in our lives:

  1. Educate yourself – learn about how women have struggled and continue to struggle around the world for equality.
  2. Get to know the women in your life – really get to know them. Everyone has a story or two to tell. Ask them about it and listen to them. Your mother, wife, sisters, daughters all have something to say.
  3. Respect women – make sure that you do not make them feel inferior in any way through your words or actions. If they don’t understand something, it’s not because they’re women, it’s because they’re human. Don’t make sexist jokes: women don’t belong in the kitchen; their kitchen belongs to them. Understand that women know more about women’s experiences than men and that women know more about their personal experiences than other women so don’t try to downplay them.
  4. Speak up for women – a lot of women can take care of themselves but if you see something happening and you don’t think it’s right then don’t just walk away. Trust your judgment and do something about it.
  5. Focus on women’s personalities rather than their appearance – there’s more to them than meets the eye.

 

Remember you can and should be doing this for the men you know as well. They’re human too.

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