International Women’s Day is a fantastic day for celebration, campaigning and catalytic change. I’ve had an inspiring day, collecting sanitary products for organisations such as Bloody Good Period and Foodbanks, eating feminist cakes (such as these brilliant ‘simply the breast’ and ‘cupcats’ and reading about inspirational women; celebrating them for everything they have done and continue to do for women worldwide. I’ve put together some ideas of ways you can continue to support women after this International Women’s Day.
Support, Protect and Fight
Women’s Centres and refuges are shutting down across the UK, women only services are disproportionately affected by the government cuts. Find your local service and strive to protect it. Whether that’s fundraising, volunteering your time, or becoming a regular donor, these small organisations will really appreciate your support.
Live in London; why not support the West Hampstead Women’s Centre?
Let’s get political
The Suffragettes would’ve never made headway without the Suffragists also campaigning and creating change in the way that they believed in. If you feel enthused by your International Women’s Day activities then why not join the Women’s Equality Party? They've also just started their new campaign, Feminism 5.0 #FifthWave - sign up now to hear more about it. Already a member of a political party? Well, chances are they have a gender problem, so why not create change within the party?
Or want to stay out of political parties? The Fawcett Society are still continuing the great work of the brilliant suffragist, Millicent Fawcett, so why not become a member?
Listen, React, Share
Listen to other women, hear those diverse voices. If they need something from you, react to it, embrace it. See something that inspires you, enrages you, and warms your angry feminist heart? Share it, create conversation, don’t be a bystander. Be inclusive, not exclusive and check your privilege every day.
Support independent feminist media, maybe become part of the Beehive and subscribe to Bitch magazine? Art has always been a place of revolution, of change, a space to fight, to shout and to be heard. Support and share feminist art; from Pussy Riot to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; don’t be afraid to stand for the rights of all women and always be assured there will always be a collective to protect you from the trolls.
If you work in the charity sector and would like to fight the existing inequalities in the sector (you can read my blog about it here) then I would recommend joining Charity Women and be a force for change.
There’s so much more you can do, from clicktivism to pounding the pavement, find what works for you. Women have been written out of history, only occupying around 0.5% of recorded history, let’s not allow that erasure to continue.