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International Women’s Day 2021

Are you ready? March 8th is International Day of the Woman (IWD): one day to celebrate the achievements of women around the world and recommit to the gender equality movement.

This year, under the theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world, UN Women invites us to the honor the incredible resilience of women and girls at the forefront of the pandemic, and to recognize the pivotal role they play in shaping our post-COVID future.

It’s no secret that women have disproportionately shouldered the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis – from healthcare workers and frontline caregivers, to leaders shepherding communities (and entire nations) through the storm. Now more than ever, we see the unparalleled contributions that women bring to the table in policy, governance and decision-making spaces right when it matters most. And on March 8th , we have the chance to highlight their invaluable achievements, honor their sacrifices and advocate for their continued leadership in our pandemic recovery efforts.

At Days for Girls, we’re particularly excited to shine a light on all the women advocates, volunteers, social entrepreneurs and supporters who have carried the menstrual movement forward over the past year! Despite unprecedented hardship, our network fought harder than ever to lift menstruators out of (skyrocketing) period poverty – and uphold our mission with extraordinary ingenuity, determination and heart.

Now, we invite you to join us in spotlighting their contributions on International Women’s Day. Participation is easy – here are two options for lending your voice to the global social media campaign on March 8th:

  1. On a piece of paper, write “I stand with all women responding and in the front lines of the pandemic” in bold marker. Take a photo of yourself, with your DfG shirt or an orange/white shirt), holding that sign and write under it, #MenstrualEquity, #IWD2021  and #DaysforGirls.
  2. Post a picture of a woman whose help, leadership, or actions have made a difference for others during the pandemic.  Write a brief comment on how she has helped empower women in your community, region, or country and add #MenstrualEquity, #IWD2021  and #DaysforGirls.

Together, we have the power to bring widespread recognition to the Days for Girls mission, the pandemic response efforts of DfG superheroes and the need to include menstrual health in every conversation about gender equity. To learn more about joining the movement, please visit www.daysforgirls.org/volunteer.

Days for Girls is an award-winning global NGO bringing menstrual health, dignity and opportunity to 2.1+ million girls (and counting!) worldwide.