International Women’s Day is March 8—how is your UNA Campus Chapter celebrating? Find five ideas for a memorable occasion here. Planning something great? Don't forget to let us know!
A Birthday Party for the Beijing Declaration
The game changing Beijing conference and Platform for Action, where Hillary Clinton famously declared that “women’s rights are human rights,” turns 20 in 2015. Learn more about the conference and its twentieth anniversary with UN Women and throw a birthday party in its honor! Feature student activists, professors, and community members who are helping to make the vision of Beijing+20- a world in which every woman is empowered to fulfill her full potential- a reality. At the party, participate in UN Women’s Picture It! campaign by having a photo or video booth where attendees write or say what they picture a perfect world to be like for women.
To simplify the idea, set up a photo station in a central location on campus to create a digital campaign for Picture It!
This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange YOUR Neighbourhood,” with the color designated by the UNiTE campaign to symbolize a brighter future without violence. Organize events to orange your local streets, shops and schools, and find all the tools you need here.
HeForShe Discussion Circle
Emma Watson and UN Women launched HeForShe- a solidarity movement for gender equality- last fall. Bring the conversation to your campus by hosting a discussion circle, inviting men and women to discuss gender equality in a constructive environment. Consider partnering with your school’s gender studies department or another women’s organization.
Cities for CEDAW
While the US Congress has not yet ratified the UN Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, cities across the United States are taking matters into their own hands. Los Angeles, San Francisco, and others are ratifying the treaty on a city level, aided by the Cities for CEDAW coalition. Visit the Cities for CEDAW website to learn more about how to get your city or school to ratify CEDAW. For International Women’s Day, consider holding an event to draw attention to the initiative or publishing a Letter to the Editor urging action in your school newspaper. Find a quick overview of CEDAW here.
Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles
Film screenings provide an entertaining way to educate students and community members about pressing international issues. Documentaries, dramas, and student films alike can inspire action, providing great opportunities to recruit new members. For International Women’s Day, contact UNA-USA to screen Girl Rising on your campus and fuel their movement.