Choose to Challenge! Choose to Celebrate! International Women’s Day 2021

Choose to Challenge! Choose to Celebrate!
International Women's Day 2021

This year’s International Women’s Day is Monday, March 8, 2021! This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. A challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. We urge you to challenge the status quo and #ShiftThePower.  You are helping to forge a gender equal world by being a part of our community. 

And while we should all #ChooseToChallenge, we should also choose to celebrate. Check out some ideas on how to celebrate International Women’s Day this year:

1. Make a commitment by striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose!

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       Here are the steps:

  1. Download and print a selfie card (or create your own).
  2. Put your hand up.
  3. Hold your selfie card. 
  4. Take a picture. 
  5. Publish on social media with #ChooseToChallenge, #IWD2021, #IAmEndingHunger. Remember to tag us! (@thehungerprojectcanada)

2. Start a Facebook fundraiser to fundraise with your friends!

We have prepared a how-to guide and some resources to help you start a Facebook fundraiser here. It’s really easy to do and a great way to spread the word for a woman-focused charity, while sharing with your community the significance of International Women’s Day to you. 

3. Host a (virtual) event

Host a virtual event with your family and friends, where you can highlight the aspect of International Women’s Day that speaks to you most. 

Are you interested in fundraising for a woman-focused charity? You could host a live event where you trade a skill or knowledge you have for donations or you could simply tell everyone about your favourite woman-focused charity (hey there ;)). 

Are you interested in your community learning more about community-led and woman-led development? Email community@thehungerproject.ca to inquire about our Country Director delivering a virtual talk to your group!

Are you interested in bringing attention to a stereotype? Plan to all order the same food and drinks and have a debate or discussion. 

Are you interested in committing to a gender-equalizing action in your everyday life? Ask your friends to join you with a kickoff party!

4. Support a woman-owned business

Make a purchase from a woman-owned business, bonus points if it’s local, and double bonus points if you gift your purchase to a woman you admire with a note that says just that!

5. Make an investment in honour of International Women’s Day

At The Hunger Project, our programs start by centering women because women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. 

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient. 

We firmly believe that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Wherever we work, our programs aim to support women and build their capacity.

Empower women today!