Guess what, mamas? 8 March is International Women’s Day, which means it’s time to come together to celebrate the achievements our female peers have made socially, economically and politically while calling for greater equality! Who run the world? Girls!
On International Women’s Day, it’s important to not only celebrate the inspiring work of women around the world but also reflect on all the work that remains, the numerous women whose voices still go unheard and the girls who are excluded from realising their full potential. As mums, we understand our role in helping cultivate tomorrow’s bright thinkers and action-takers, so now more than ever we must teach our little ones to celebrate and fight for gender equality so they get to grow up and work in more fair and tolerant societies.
This year, the official theme for International Women’s Day is “Make It Happen”, aimed at recognizing female achievement and encouraging female advancement in societies around the world. UN Women will also be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, commemorating the moment over 37,000 participants gathered for the 4th World Conference on Women.
Want to join this amazing global conversation, mama? Simply keep up to date with International Women’s Day on their Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn and Pinterest accounts or track these hashtags on your social media platforms:
And that’s not all! There’s plenty happening right here in Singapore to celebrate the fierce and fabulous ladies of the Lion City. So get your diaries out, mamas, and get ready to bring the family down for some entertaining and empowering fun!
All Fired Up! for International Women’s Day with AWARE
Who said you couldn’t have heaps of fun while raising awareness? As Singapore turns 50 and AWARE turns 30, this leading local gender equality advocacy group is throwing a fun-filled family carnival to celebrate International Women’s Day. From women’s football, piñatas and performers to music, dance and a dedicated kids’ corner, you won’t want to miss this awesome weekend event!
When: 8 March, 4-9pm
Where: Hong Lim Park, bounded by North Canal Road, South Bridge Road, Upper Pickering Street and New Bridge Rd.
How much: Free to attend!
Venus Run on March 8
Organized by the Singapore Athletic Association, this 5km run (and 800m run for littlies) is an all-female charity run that encourages women to get active and engage in more sports and fitness activities. Registration has closed for 2015, but don’t worry if you’ve missed out this year, head on down to Gardens by the Bay to cheer on the runners!
When: 8 March, 8am
Where: Gardens by the Bay East, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, 018953
How much: Free to attend!
SUCCESS INSIDE OUT Workshop
For the mamapreneurs and #girlbosses out there, the Singapore Committee for UN Women and BBX Singapore are organizing a workshop to help groom success with confidence and map your life’s purpose! A tall order, but we’re sure you’re not ones to shy away from a challenge! Tickets are available until March 14.
When: 19 March, 2-6pm
Where: The Octagon, BBX Singapore, 105 Cecil Street, #05-00, Singapore 069534
How much: $6.38 & $11.50. Buy your tickets by clicking here!
Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame Exhibition
For the whole month, the East Garden Foyer Gallery at The Fullerton Hotel is hosting a wonderful photo exhibition celebrating Singaporean women who have made, or are making, an impact with their vision, passion, talent and creativity, enterprise and leadership, care and compassion. Featuring 108 ladies from a plethora of fields, there’s sure to be more than a few inspiring stories to learn about. If you fancy a guided tour, they’re happening every Saturday from 10:30am to 12:00pm
When: Now- 31 March
Where: 1 Fullerton Square, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, Singapore 049178
How much: Free! For full details, click here!
“Tiers of Joy” @ The ParkRoyal on Pickering
If you’re after a more low-key, relaxed affair, then head over to the ParkRoyal hotel and tuck into tier after delicious tier of tasty afternoon tea bites this Sunday in celebration of International Women’s Day. From macarons, scones and brownies to finger sandwiches mini pastries and more, this afternoon tea is sure to have you smiling with satisfaction. And that’s not all, the first eight ladies to book the high tea set on 8 March will receive a limited edition Charm Bracelet set and a $20 St. Gregory spa voucher!
When: 8 March, 3-6pm
Where: Lime, ParkRoyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289
How much: $38++ per set. Make a booking by emailing [email protected]
Apply for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World!
Calling all 18 to 35 year olds! Fancy winning a US$25,000 grant to support the development work you are doing in the region? Get your thinking caps on and check out Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World! This 5-year-old initiative provides a platform for young change-makers to share how they would enable women economically throughout Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa through 5 minute pitch videos. The 2015 theme is ‘Technology or Design for Economic Empowerment’ so make sure you demonstrate how you use design or technology as a tool in the work you are doing. Applications are being accepted until July 1.
This joint initiative, between the Singapore Committee for UN Women and MasterCard, was launched in 2011 in line with the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day and the 25th anniversary of MasterCard Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. Time to get involved, mama!
When: Now till 1 July
Where: Online at www.projinspire.com
How much: Free!