International Women’s Day 2020 is on Saturday 8 March — how will you celebrate, mama?
International Women’s Day is an important date on the global calendar to celebrate the economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Dating back to 1911, the date can take many forms, but is an important time to both remember how far women have come in a century plus, but also how far we still have to go in order to achieve equality.
This year’s theme, #EachforEqual, is a yearlong collaboration to encourage collective action to help achieve a gender-balanced world. Through the hashtag #EachforEqual challenges everyone (men and women) to fight stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements.
From cool events to worthy organisations in Singapore, here are 15 ways you can get involved to help move women forward in 2020.
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Got a passion for fashion? Untold Stories: Lessons & Inspirations is a collaboration between the Textile and Fashion Federation and CRIB Society that will bring together leading Singapore fashion entrepreneurs, including Fock Ee-ling (Founder of the Missing Piece), Raena Lim (Co-Founder of StyleTheory), Widelia Liu (Founder of Whole9Yards), Danelle Woo (Founder of Aijek), and Tjin Lee (Co-Founder of CRIB). Through a series of intimate “fireside chats,” the evening will highlight these inspiring women’s experiences and journeys in the fashion world including their successes and failures, how they overcame untold challenges, and what women’s empowerment means to them. It’s a night to celebrate design and entrepreneurship, not to mention sisterly support, and will also include ample networking opportunities.
When: Thursday 5 March 2020, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: The Cocoon Space, Design Orchard, 250 Orchard Road, #03-01, Singapore 238905
How much: $30 per person
Register: Purchase tickets here!
Whether you want to catch a flick with your best girlfriends or go on a date night with the hubs, Golden Village is celebrating all women by offering them a complimentary drink (from the dispensing machine only) and discounted Regular Popcorn (priced at $3.80 instead of the usual $6.50) with the purchase of any ticket. Just flash the promotional image (available at GV’s website and Facebook page) along with your ticket (which you can purchase online or at the box office) to enjoy the onetime discount, anytime from 6-8 March 2020. Psst! GV has a number of free parking promotions on at the moment, too!
When: Friday 6 March – Sunday 8 March 2020
Where: Every Golden Village theatre except GV Capitol
How much: Promotions available with the purchase of any movie ticket; not valid with any other discounts, vouchers, VIP and/or complimentary passes.
Purchase: Click here for full details and conditions, and to purchase cinema tickets online.
Join the Amazing Trekkers Club (read more about them and their family-friendly hikes here!) on a 10km walk from MacRitchie Reservoir to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (finishing on the summit of Bukit Timah!). You’ll have the chance to break into smaller groups based on pace, while enjoying the fresh air and excellent company of like-minded women. Be sure to wear purple and comfortable sneakers, and to pack water and snacks. Tickets cost $15, with $10 from each ticket going toward Community Chest’s Courage Fund in support of vulnerable individuals and families affected by Covid-19.
When: Saturday 7 March 2020, 7am to 11am
Where: Meet at Mushroom Cafe at MacRitchie Reservoir (Lornie Road entrance); the hike will finish at the Bukit Timah Visitors Centre at 177 Hindhede Road
How much: $15 per person ($10 from each ticket goes to charity)
Register: Purchase tickets here!
Throw out your internalized assumptions about the “ideal” female body – societal pressures can take a heavy toll on self-esteem! This International Women’s Day, celebrate WOMANHOOD through fitness by redefining the meaning of STRONG with a motivational fitness class led by Jacituplife.style. You’ll get a 45-minute rhythmic boxing + HIIT workout featuring adrenalin-pumping femme fatale music, along with extras like exclusive healthy meal-prep vouchers from Yummy Bros. and $48 worth of makeup from Tarte Cosmetics. There’ll also be a pop-up from The Hedonist Store featuring curated, sex-positive adult toys!
When: Saturday 7 March 2020, 4pm & 5pm
Where: Ground Zero, 38 Carpenter Street, Level 3, Singapore 059917
How much: $40
Register: Purchase tickets here!
Three of our favorite restaurants – Neon Pigeon, Fat Prince and Summerlong – are joining forces for a brunch extravaganza honoring and celebrating women everywhere! For just $30++, you’ll get a counter-style buffet featuring Summerlong’s signature Greek and Mediterranean dishes, Neon Pigeon’s iconic Tokyo Hummus, and Fat Prince’s Caraway Cake, along with speciality cocktails like Hibiscus Sour and Maracuya (each $20++). Best of all, $5 from every buffet order and $2 from every specialty cocktail sold will be donated to AWARE. Guests can also groove out to groovy tunes from DJs Victoria Leembruggen and Liana. Four lucky diners will receive a $1,000 shopping gift card from luxury streetwear designer Lisa Von Tag, and 10 others will win styling sessions with the designer! All guests will also receive a 10% discount voucher from the Olive Oil Skincare Company.
When: Sunday 8 March 2020, 12pm to 4pm
Where: Summerlong, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04, Singapore 238252
How much: $30++ per person
Register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (+65) 6235 1225
To support the Girls2Pioneers STEM program from United Women Singapore, and in celebration of “Pi Day” on 14 March, you can get 20% off every online pie order with the promo code PIDAY at Windowsill Pies! Plus for every order, $3.14 will be donated to United Women Singapore. Valid through 15 March 2020! (Pictured: Pineapple Passion Fruit Yogurt)
When: Through 15 March 2020
This International Women’s Day, join AWARE for an honest conversation with three young feminists doing activism work. Whether through storytelling, community building, or art and writing, these women challenge conventional notions of what activism looks like. Spend the evening in invigorating conversation about what it means to be an activist in Singapore. Moderator Chong Ning Qian of AWARE will moderate a panel including Reetaza Chatterjee, founder of Your Head, Lah! mental health collective; Filzah Sumartono, an editor, author, and advocate against female genital cutting; and Aarti Olivia Dubey, a former psychotherapist-turned-activist whose causes include body positivity, disability justice, LGBTW rights, and the importance of mental health care. If the future is female, this inspiring evening should be proof!
When: Friday 27 March 2020, 7-9pm
Where: AWARE Centre, 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, Singapore 130005
How much: Free!
Register: Admission is free but space is limited, so click here to register!
If you’re not familiar with the wonderful organisation Dress for Success, mama, their mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work…and then in life. These key goals are attained through the donation of gently-used work attire as well as career coaching and other volunteer endeavors. In honour of International Women’s Day, Dress for Success has introduced Your Hour Her Power, which encourages women to donate one hour’s worth of salary to help support women on their journey to financial independence.
Singapore’s biggest female entertainers – including the Dim Sum Dollies, Stefanie Sun, Rahimah Rahim, Joanna Dong and many others – come together in this one-night-only fundraising show co-hosted by Nikki Muller and Beatrice Chia-Richmond. All proceeds from Superwomen in Concert will go to AWARE’s Women’s Helpline (which receives thousands of calls each year, on issues ranging from discrimination to domestic violence) and Sexual Assault Care Centre services, which support thousands of women in Singapore every year. Look forward to three generations of stars performing an electrifying mix of genres, exclusive duets, and medleys, all in the name of championing women’s voices and rights.
When: Friday 10 April, 7:30pm
Where: Esplanade Concert Hall, Esplanade Drive
How much: Tickets from $58; VIP Charity Packages from $438-$488
Register: Click here to purchase!
Founded in 2006, the non-profit organisation AIDHA (Sanskrit for “that to which we aspire”) provides training programmes in financial literacy and self-development skills to helpers in Singapore. AIDHA empowers its students with skills that can help them open businesses of their own in their home countries, or invest in productive assets like livestock and land – all with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty. We are SUCH huge fans of AIDHA – they’ve partnered with us in our helper appreciation events from the very beginning – and we were also blown away by how they inspired parts of the movie Remittance.
AWARE is Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy group, and believes in the rights of women and men to make informed, responsible choices about their lives, and to have equal opportunities in education, marriage and employment. Furthermore, AWARE believes in women’s right to control their own bodies, particular with regard to sexual and reproductive rights. Since its founding in 1985, AWARE has carries out research in numerous issues affecting women, including workplace sexual harassment, poverty of older women, and Singapore’s compliance with the UN’s anti-gender discrimination standards. AWARE’s vital support services provided crisis counselling, assistance in dealing with the authorities, and legal advice to women in need. Their corporate training division works to inspire diverse and inclusive workplaces.
The Humanitarian Organization for Migration Economics, HOME is dedicating to supporting, empowering, and upholding the rights of migrant workers in Singapore. HOME provides direct assistance, shelter and free food for domestic workers who have been abused, as well as legal aid for migrant workers. They also provide skills training and run capacity-building programs – such as English language, computer, baking, and cooking classes – for domestic workers. Click here to read our full series on helper-related topics from Karien at HOME!
With a focus on literacy and gender equality in education, Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities in Asia (including nearby in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) as well as Africa. In collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and government, this wonderful organization helps to promote literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, while also supporting girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond.
Established back in 1980, and counting more than 50 member organisations amongst its ranks, the SCWO represents more than 500,000 women in working towards the ideal of ‘Equal Space, Equal Voice and Equal Worth’ for women in Singapore. Sounds pretty on-brand for International Women’s Day!
The SCWO has a presence within the government as well as in various regional and international bodies where it weighs in on topics relating to family, women and gender equality.
This women-led, Singapore-based social initiative aims to create environmental and social change through revitalising menstrual practices in a healthy and environmentally sustainable way. Seva Seed’s goal is to empower young women of all ages from around the world with their own, reusable cloth pads while also providing menstrual health education, including how to care for our body during a cycle as well as how to reuse materials to sew and maintain eco-friendly pads. Seva Seed began when its two founders donated pads to young female students in Kenya and were able to open a dialogue about a topic that had previously been considered “taboo”.
Based on the Finnish concept of sisu (which roughly translates to bravery, determination, resilience and grit), Sisu Girls strives to inspire these qualities in girls by showcasing strong, healthy and positive female role models. At times this has manifested through cool adventure classes like skateboarding and rock climbing; at present Sisu Girls have published a series of children’s books profiling athletic superstars to inspire and encourage sisu in girls and boys alike.
Founded back in 1994 for Janne Ritskes (read our full interview with her here!) Tabitha Foundation promotes self-sufficiency and dignity in Cambodia’s poorest communities, through savings, counselling and goal-setting. The foundation is also famous for its cottage industry sales that feature Tabitha silk and other beautiful handmade products from Cambodia and elsewhere. To date Tabitha has empowered over 1.8 million Cambodians.
Headquartered right here in Singapore, Women on a Mission is a non-profit organisation that aims to raise awareness and funds for women’s rights and empowerment, partnering with existing non-profit institutions that serve the underprivileged, with a particular focus on women’s issues. Every year they organise challenging expeditions – self-funded by each participant – to raise money for their chosen charities (click here to read about some of their past expeditions!). To date WOAN has raised over S$1 million for their charity partners.
The Sassy Mama team would like to wish each and every one of you a wonderful International Women’s Day. Let’s all move forward together!
Read more: Ultimate Guide to Volunteering in Singapore