International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality.
The theme for this year was “balance for better” and was supported with these hashtags: #IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter
Teachers, parents and caregivers - use International Women's Day as an important opportunity to educate and inspire children about the role of women in society. From celebrating women's achievements through to challenging gender stereotypes and bias, there are many useful classroom resources available to support International Women's Day activity. Educate the minds of today and the citizens of tomorrow. Classroom education about gender equality is the most grassroots difference anyone can make.
Aiglon hosted a number of events in connection with its support for International Women's Day. Efforts included a student led meditation last Friday (March 8) morning about being a woman at Aiglon. During lessons on Friday, resources were made available to help teachers provide a focus in their lessons on IWD. A video competition was organised to celebrate this day and allow the students to transfer their knowledge into a creative medium.
This week to conclude the events, Aiglon hosted a special Culture event with Meagan Fallone, a former parent and CEO of Barefoot College International, whose stated mission is: "We believe in the endless potential of the rural poor. Barefoot College forges a first-of-its-kind, women centred, global network dedicated to sustainable development in every community where poverty exists." Ms Fallone spoke to the students about her work.
Thank you all to who participate and were involved in one way or another to successfully mark this year's International Woman's Day at Aiglon College!