Celebrate women, aspire to equality! International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global event that is for all people and all groups that celebrates the achievements of women in social, economic, cultural, and political spheres throughout the world and history. It is a movement towards accelerating equality across geographical, social, and economic borders. This year, the theme of IWD is ‘Inspire Inclusion’ from the website: “Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion.

Keep an eye out for International Women’s Day events throughout the valley – this day is celebrated by many different organizations in many different ways. IWD encourages all people to recognize this day in solidarity with women everywhere, from every background, and from every walk of life. On the IWD website they have put forward suggestions and ways that organizations can #InspireInclusion:

  • forging women’s economic empowerment
  • recruiting, retaining and developing female talent
  • supporting women and girls into leadership, decision-making, business and STEM
  • designing and building infrastructure meeting the needs of women and girls
  • helping women and girls make informed decisions about their health
  • involving women and girls in sustainable agriculture and food security
  • providing women and girls with access to quality education and training
  • elevating women and girl’s participation and achievement in sport
  • promoting creative and artistic talent of women and girls
  • addressing further areas supporting the advancement of women and girls

This is a day that encourages us to do better and be better – recognizing and advocating for the equality of women throughout the world benefits all of us in the long run. Join the Chamber of Commerce at the Black Forest Restaurant on March 6th to acknowledge and advocate for women’s equality and to inspire inclusivity!

Deanna Berrington