A day celebrated to acknowledge the many achievements and contributions by women in our society and as a broader mission to promote gender equality and women’s rights, International Women’s Day is coming up this March 8th. And if you are looking for ways to make a difference this year, here are 5 ways to support women this International Women’s Day…

1. Wear Purple

Just as the Pink ribbon symbolises support for cancer awareness, the colour Purple is associated with International Women’s Day. The colour represents achievements gained and those yet to come, making it apt for this day. It also signifies justice and dignity. So, this Women’s Day, you can show your support and solidarity to your fellow women by wearing a bit of Purple in your attire.

2. Support women-owned businesses

International Women’s Day is celebrated to acknowledge the struggles of women fighting for equal rights as men, and one of these struggles has been in the workplace. If you know of any women-owned businesses in your community, now’s the time to lend your support by spending your money there when you can. To a small business owner, even a small amount of money can make a world of difference in their day.

3. Learn more about the day

Although International Women’s Day has been celebrated by the United Nations every year since 1975, not everyone knows its significance or the history of where this day began. What started as protesting against gender discrimination in the workplace, lower pay and not having voting rights in the early 1900s has now become the focal point to discuss a variety of women’s issues, including reproductive rights and violence against women. So apart from commemorating women’s achievements, this day is used to bring attention to broader social issues. Learning more about these social issues will empower you to better support women around you.

4. Donate to a charity

From helping provide better education to young girls to helping new mothers take care of their babies, many NGOs and other charitable organisations focus solely on empowering underprivileged women. One of the many ways to support International Women’s Day is donating to a charity of your choice.

5. Spread awareness on social media

One of the ways to broaden your reach when supporting women on this day is to use social media to amplify your voice. It’s a great tool to use when talking about more significant issues since it provides a platform to reach thousands, if not millions, of people at one go and lets people voice their opinion. So, this International Women’s Day, start a conversation and take this opportunity to spread awareness around this topic.

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