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Friday
Mar082013

JENNIFER JAMES: 5 Online Ways to Celebrate International Women's Day

For over 100 years International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8 to honor women’s achievements and inspire women to fight to progress global gender equality. While many International Women’s Day events occur locally like the March on March 8 held by UN Women for Peace in New York and 10x10’s nationwide screenings of its new film, Girl Rising, many powerful online events are scheduled as well. Here are five simple online ways you can celebrate International Women’s Day at your computer or on your mobile device.

Half the Sky Movement: The Game: Launched on March 4 on Facebook, Half the Sky: The Game takes players through an interactive journey chronicling the lives and plights of girls worldwide. Through generous sponsor support by Johnson & Johnson and the Pearson Foundation you can unlock $500,000 that will directly benefit the work of the Fistula Foundation and Room to Read. Play on your computer at apps.facebook.com/halftheskymovement. Use #HalftheGame to follow the conversation.

Chime for Change and Catapult: Through a powerful private sector and philanthropic effort Gucci has partnered with Beyoncé and Salma Hayek to draw attention to the inequalities of girls worldwide. Chime for Change works to promote education, health, and justice equality for girls globally. This International Women’s Day you can improve the life of a girl by joining a team and donating to a worthy cause on Catapult, Chime for Change’s exclusive crowd funding partner. Visit Catapult.org to donate to a team. Use #CHIME to follow the conversation.

One Woman Song: On March 8 UN Women will release its new song, “One Woman” that was especially created to commemorate this year’s International Women’s Day. Acclaimed singers – men and women – from all corners of the world have come together to celebrate women through song. Visit song.unwomen.org to see a countdown of the song’s release. You can also donate a tweet to spread the word about the “One Woman” song. Follow the conversation at #OneWoman.

Every Story Counts:  On March 8 Every Mother Counts will join with Half the Sky Movement to tweet about changing women’s story. Through their “Change the Story” initiative they will create a poem to celebrate women in general and International Women’s Day specifically. Take part in their Change the Story effort on Twitter on March 8 and learn more at everymothercounts.org.

Global Tweet-a-Thon to End Violence Against Women: The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence will join with its friends and colleagues for a 24-hour global tweet-a-thon to spread awareness about gender based violence. Using the hashtag #EndVAW, thousands of voices will speak out against violence against women and will provide resources and ways to help. Visit vawnet.org to learn more about the tweet-a-thon and to RSVP to attend.

Visit internationalwomensday.com to find more events to help you celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of women.

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED ON IMPATIENT OPTIMISTS THE BLOG OF THE BILL AND MELINDA GATES FNDN.

JENNIFER JAMES @jenniferjames Jennifer is a pioneer in the mom blogging movement and founder of Mom Bloggers for Social Good and  of the Mom Bloggers Club Network, a network of over 18,000 mom bloggers from around the world. She has forged partnerships with some of the largest nonprofit organizations and NGOs in the world. Jennifer currently writes for the Gates Foundation and blogs frequently for ONE.org. She has traveled to Kenya and visited Dr. Jill Biden at the White House as a member of the ONE Moms, was invited by the Gates Foundation to attend TEDxChange in Berlin, is a recent recipient of the National Press Foundation Global Vaccines Press Fellowship and was chosen to participate in Rio + Social in Brazil as a digital influencer.

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