5 Ways to Celebrate International Women's Day

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International Women’s Day celebrates all women; from the youngest to the oldest. In some countries it’s even work free day (akhem, Slovenia wake up), but we don’t really know what to do with it, do we? At Christmas we give each other presents and decorate the Christmas tree, on Valentine’s day in Japan women make homemade chocolate for their friends, coworkers and lovers and in return men give back on White day in March, for Mother’s day we give presents to our moms, but what do we do on Women’s day?

There’s no particular gift for Women’s day, if any, there’s really no particular way we celebrate it. Basically, we can celebrate the way we want and perhaps that’s the beauty of it.

      1.     Do Something For Your Fellow Women
It can be something as simple as a card – even an e card on Facebook. You can tell each lady what you most admire about her, or you can send them an encouraging quote. Perhaps you can give each a bag of personalized tea herbs, or a desert you know they’re fond of. Scented candles, homemade lip balm kits, little notebooks – these are just a few affordable ideas for Women’s day gifts. You can also give to the women you don’t know – pay for the coffee of a lady in line behind you, donate feminine hygiene products to your local homeless shelter, even open a door for a girl visiting the same store as you.

      2.     Celebrate With Your Ladies
Take your mom to a Cat Café or treat yourselves with a pedicure. Have a spa day with your friend – a bunch of saunas, water, fresh fruit and a conversation is all we need to unwind. Take your girlfriends to brunch, order some mimosas or hugos and toast to all the ladies that came before you and fought for you to have the life and the rights you have today.

      3.     Watch an Empowering Movie about Women
Take a look how far we’ve come; watch the stories of women who fought for our right to vote, to get an education, to decide about our lives as we chose and be as such equal to men. We’ve walked a great distance in a hundred years and there are still some steps we need to take toward equality – in 1st world countries, as well as in 3rd world countries.

Suffragette is a movie that breaks your heart but it also makes it stronger. Meryl Streep plays one of the lead characters, need I say more?
We break windows, we burn things ‘cause war is the only language men listen to.”

He named me Malala is the breathtaking story of Malala Yousafzai, a girl who was shot by Taliban just for choosing to go to school and advocating for girl’s education.
I tell my story, not because it is unique, but because it is not. It is the story of many girls.”

Vera Drake is the story of a working-class woman in London in 1950 who performs illegal abortions. Abortion is sadly in many parts of the world still not a woman’s right or even offered as a choice, it is ridiculed and diminished. Where we have it, it’s one of our most sacred rights that we need to keep an eye on all the time for there are those who wish to take it from us and treat women like living incubators. #My body my choice

The Handmaid’s Tale is a series adopted from a novel by Margaret Atwood. It is set into a dystopian (or perhaps quite realistic) future where women (handmaids) are forbidden to use their birth names and must echo the male whom they serve; Offred – Of Fred. This story has inspired a lot of women in the past year to march and protest for women’s rights wearing the outfits of the handmaids – considering the way some governments treat women and their rights, their lives are already too close to the possibility of the dystopian future of The Handmaid’s Tale.

10 Things I hate about you is a movie adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew – I know, not a very feministic title. However, I think the director perfectly captured the essence of strong women in modern days, plus, Heath Ledger sings Can’t take my eyes off of you. This one is more lighthearted than the previous ones.

The First Wives Club is just brilliant if you want to laugh and see how great women can be if they work together.

      4.     Read an Empowering Book about Women
Okay, this is basically the same as the movies, only in the paper media section.

Filio Is Not Home is a dystopian novel by Berta Bojetu and it talks about a girl named Filio who lives on an island where men and women must live separately.

Beloved by Toni Morrison was inspired by a true story of an African American slave who escaped. When she was found she killed her children because she couldn’t bear to see them as slaves.

Emma by Jane Austen – the author depicted her way of life and societal expectations of marriage, gender, age and social status in a perfectly comical way. Jane was (is) one of the rare writers who used women as central characters, and men characters as a way to advance the story.

       5.     Be Kind To Yourself
Today is the celebration of you. So, be kind, try not to criticize yourself today and think of at least five compliments you’d give yourself. Don’t be happy for other people, be happy for yourself. And if you’re feeling gloomy, than allow yourself to feel sad. Don’t read your horoscope today, instead, make your own day.

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