Have you ever been in the stage where all you can do is just imagine a gender-equal world? A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination, that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive, where difference is valued and celebrated. Okay, now, it’s time for a gender-equal world to be here! March 8, 2022, is the date for a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination towards women all over the world. Yup, it’s International Women’s Day (IWD). With the theme of “gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, a call for climate action for women, by women is set to celebrate IWD this year. This is a call for everyone to act for women’s equality acceleration globally.
In commemorating the 2022 IWD, UN Women tells us that the gender aspect, social equity, and climate change which are related to each other are important to understand. Considering the sustainable and equal future remains out of reach in today’s gender equality.
According to the latest data, UN Women tells us that Women across the world depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources, and often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel. Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and puts women’s lives and livelihoods at risk. As women and girls bear the burden of climate impacts, this group is also essential to leading and driving change in climate adaption, mitigation, and solutions. Without the inclusion of half of the world’s population, it is unlikely that solutions for a sustainable planet and a gender-equal world tomorrow will be realized.
Yes women, together we can forge women’s equality. What a simple dream for every woman, a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world, where difference is valued and celebrated, not the other way around. Quoted from International Women’s Day’s website, number of exciting and important missions aimed at:
Raising greater awareness about issues impacting women’s equality
Taking a stance to call out inequality while working to forge positive action
Highlighting and applauding where important gains are being made
Celebrating women’s achievements and accomplishments
According to the missions, celebrating women’s achievements and increasing visibility, while calling out inequality, is the key. For IWD, whether deliberate or unconscious, the bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead, and knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field. Every step you take to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women will help forge a gender-equal world. To be part of a movement, a lot of Twibbonize frames to support your voice could be a simple step in achieving the missions of IWD.
In celebrating this International Women’s Day, you can use the frame and share it to your social media with the hashtag #IWD2022 so collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
On this day, the action coalition is expected by UN Women to drive global action and investment with a focus on financing for gender-just climate solutions, increasing women’s leadership in the green economy, building women’s and girl’s resilience to climate impacts and disasters, and increasing the use of data on gender equality and climate.
Over a century, this day has been celebrated since the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people, and today, the day belongs to all groups collectively everywhere in the world. So, IWD is not only for a country, group, or organization in specific. We all can break the bias collectively, in our communities, in our workplaces, in our schools, colleges, and universities on International Women’s Day (IWD) and beyond. Everyone is individually responsible for our thoughts and actions – all day, every day.
Sooner and faster, let’s celebrate women’s achievements, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.