Now more than ever, women’s rights are a topic of daily conversation. The issues of gender inequality and the push for gender parity are top of mind when considering social, economic, cultural and political contexts. This is why the International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018 theme is #PressforProgress.
In an effort to press forward collectively, Active for Life encourages you and the children in your life to celebrate the achievements of women and influence positive change by hosting your very own IWD walk. Everyone can make a difference; you just have to take the first step.
Reach out to your communities
Suggest the idea of an IWD walk to your local play group, parent council, children’s teacher, early years centre, neighbours, etc. Make it informal and invite everyone!
Choose a date
IWD is on March 8, 2018 (it’s a Thursday) but any day during that week is a good day to celebrate! Whether you tie it in with an after school practice or wait for the weekend, the message is still the same.
Plan a route that everyone can do
It’s important to choose a route and distance that children of all ages can complete. This connects the themes of strength and physical activity to the celebration of women.
Keep it light and fun
A few days before, send a reminder to your group and prompt them to think about the important and inspirational women in their lives. For older children, check out some examples of positive behaviours and messages.
Colour it purple
For extra impact, add a colour theme to your IWD walk. PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is the colour of 2018 and coincidentally, reflects a historic connection to gender equality efforts.
Step and share
Dress for the weather and/or location and start stepping together. Go back to your original prompt and support each other to share stories and successes of women.
At the end of the route, enjoy a light snack together and take turns making a promise or commitment toward gender parity. Reminder: adjust this depending on the ages of the kids.
Don’t forget to show us how you celebrate International Women’s Day with the active kids in your life!