What’s your theme for International Women’s Day?

7 March 2012

International Women's Day logo 2012International Women’s Day on 8 March celebrates women’s achievements worldwide. Different organisations have different themes for the day – perhaps you could get your students to choose a theme to explore.

For example, the UN’s theme is Empower rural women – end hunger and poverty. Resources that can help you explore this issue include:

The International Women’s Day website theme is Connecting girls, inspiring futures. Students could research inspiring women, compile a list of their own, think about what qualities they have. A couple of places to start are The Guardian’s Top 100 women or Rosie Boycott’s 10 best female pioneers.

Accenture’s focus is on working women and their theme is Stretch Yourself: Achieving 50:50 in the boardroom by 2020.

This video clip celebrates working women and looks at changes and developments that have had an impact on women in the workforce.

The Guardian also has a useful infographic on the pay gap (2011).

The Independent on Sunday has published an investigation into The Best and Worst Places to be a Woman. This would also be good to generate discussion – would your students agree with these categories and how they’ve been measured? For example India seems to be chosen as “The best place to drive a car” simply because women have been able to break into the male-dominated world of taxi drivers!



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