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With a spotlight now firmly shining on working towards gender equality in a range of industries, it’s more important than ever to celebrate the annual International Women’s Day with a purpose.
In celebration, the team here at Collective Hub has gathered our favourite, most forward-thinking ways that cities around the world are gathering together to celebrate equality, diversity and the wonder of women.
Self-Defence Tae Kwon Do Classes – Melbourne, Australia
Today, in Taekwondo studios across Melbourne, there’s a different kind of class happening. Women, ages 13 and up can take part in a female-only Taekwondo class aimed at reducing the rate of sexual assault by arming participants with skills of self-defence. Empowering women to take “fear into freedom” by helping women take control of their own safety in a threatening situation, Hall’s tae kwon do self-defence class focuses on building self-confidence as much as physical strength, tackling both the gender stereotype of strength and reducing vulnerability for Australian women. Sessions cost $15 for non-members.
Men Making Equality Real – Singapore, Singapore
Off the back of campaigns like the UN’s #heforshe movement, fronted by Emma Watson, the British Chamber of Commerce Singapore’s Women in Business Group has organised a ‘Men Making Equality Real’ panel where senior male leaders from corporations like BP and Accenture will discuss what that means in the lived reality of men and women worldwide: for example, how to take action in the workplace and breaking stereotypes around the stay-at-home-dad preconceptions to build a more equalised workplace and home life.
The organisers hope that by the end of session, the “audience to be inspired and equipped to advocate and take action for gender equality in the workplace.”
Edit-a-thon – London, England
The pen (or in today’s case – the keyboard) is mightier than the sword and this unique London event is drawing on that powerful principle.
Aiming to improve the coverage of women’s art in digital media, Art+Feminism are holding an Edit-a-thon, where women will gather together at the Dulwich Picture Gallery to take part in a mass-editing session of female-based Wikipedia pages in order to better the knowledge of women in the art world.
Discovering that less than 10% of Wikipedia contributors are female, the movement aims to up the amount of female voices on the site and ultimately educating all genders on the female perspective, leading to a less skewed view in media coverage of women and the arts.
Leeds College of Building Taster Sessions – Leeds, England
A brilliant, gender-stereotype-busting initiative, the Leeds College of Building is offering any woman over the age of 16 the opportunity to attend ‘taster’ lessons, free of charge, in a wide range of construction areas like plumbing, plastering, electrics, carpentry and brickwork.
Aimed at women who are looking to build basic DIY skills or interested in a career in construction, the classes are the perfect way to introduce women to an industry that is male-dominated.
One Million Sisters Bracelet
Jewellery with a conscience – that’s our kind of bling. The One Millions Sisters MANU Atelier bracelet, designed by Laeticia Belmadani available exclusively on Stylebop is a piece of jewellery that does much more than adorn a women’s arm: it works towards making a better future for women who have less opportunity.
Since 2015, founders of the One Million Sisters campaign, sisters Laetitia Belmadani and Katia Belmadani, have been working to further the empowerment of women across the social and economic sphere by supporting social entrepreneurs and NGO’s that work with women in developing countries advance health and education. In practice: all the proceeds from the One Million Sisters bracelet will go to NGO’s Pro Mujer (which builds economic empowerment for women in Latin America), Every Mother Counts, founded by model Christy Turlington (which focuses on maternal health in countries as broad as Haiti, Bangladesh and Tanzania) and Care International (which aims to keep girls in school in as many as 95 countries).
The bracelet can be purchased on Stylebop.com from March 9th.