International Women’s Day 2013: Celebrating Empowerment and Change!

International Women Day 2013

International Women Day 2013

Are you ready to stand up for empowerment and change for women and girls around the world? Today marks an ocassion known as International Women’s Day, and is honored by men and women alike. This day is more than just about celebrating what it means to be a woman–it also serves as reminder that there is still much to be done in improving the livelihood of women and girls across the globe. Isn’t time you made yourself a part of that change and growth?

As of 2013, there have been leaps and bounds in the progress that women have made, but this is only half of the story. The humanitarian organization, CARE , reports some frightening statistics in the video below. How is it possible that even as of 2013, two-thirds of the almost 900 million people around the world who can’t read or write, are women and girls?

Reports like those that address violence against women, progress for women’s health, education and political rights only further the idea that more must be done for the sake of women and girls all around the world. So how can you get involved? Mashable recently noted ten phenomenal ways to celebrate this important occasion, and GoAbroad would like to encourage a few more! Are you celebrating in a way that hasn’t been mentioned?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! From all of us at team GoAbroad, we wish you a happy International Women’s Day!

Educate Yourself

Like with any important global cause, the more you know about ongoing issues, the more likely you’ll be motivated to get involved. Every other person in this world is a woman, and education is essential to understanding the changes that must be made. It doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming, either. Women’s Day Live is one place to learn about female empowerment, as well as the upcoming global benefit concert they’re organizing. Take a look at the video below for inspiration and to start educating yourself now!

Also be sure to explore all the ways and places you can study women’s issues around the world!

Seek Out Opportunities to Get Involved

Perhaps you’ve learned more about the variety issues surrounding women’s equality and you’re eager to get involved. However you choose to get involved, there is way for every person–male or female–to be a part of bringing positive change to worldwide communities. Why should it be a fact that of the 1.4 billion people who earn less than $1 USD a day, seventy percent of them are women and girls? The power to bring change and positive empowerment is wholly within all of us. If you need a place to get started, the official International Women’s Day site offers a variety of resources to take advantage of!

Programs & Organizations to Check Out:

  1. Support Women’s Empowerment while Volunteering in Ghana
  2. Participate in Community Outreach Programs in Rwanda
  3. Volunteer to Help Improve Women’s Education in India

Make a Statement & Raise Your Voice

Getting involved with events like a protest, a march or listening to a motivational speaker are but a few of the activities available to you. Think you’re alone? Think again–to mark International Women’s Day in Egypt, hundreds of women participated in a march to parliament.  In Spain, a multimedia project was organized, where women across the country could send in photos, texts, or videos with examples of women who have inspired them. No matter where you are around the globe, there are plenty of options to choose from. The choice of how to get involved is up to you!

More Opportunities to Check Out:

  1. Help Improve the Futures of Abused Women in the Philippines 
  2. Support Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Costa Rica
  3. Learn About Women’s Reproductive Health in Mexico


**This post is brought to you in part by this month’s GoAbroad Blog partner,Maximo Nivel! Looking to volunteer, intern or teach English abroad? Be sure to check out Maximo Nivel’s programs in Costa RicaPeru, and Guatemala.**

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