What is International Women`s Day?

International Women’s Day 8th of March
2015 Theme: Make it Happen
A lesson plan:
• What is International Women’s Day? & Why is it important?
• What does inequality for women look like within society?
• This year’s theme: Make it Happen
• What is Rosa and what we do?
• Raise awareness of issues relating to gender and gender equality
What is International Women’s Day?
And why is it important?
• International Women’s Day (IWD) is held every year on the 8th March.
• IWD is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the progress that women have
achieved, and become better informed about the difficulties that women
• It is a chance to unify, network and mobilise our aspirations and efforts
for essential and meaningful change.
• It is a call to action!
Inequalities present in the world today
Access to education
Limited mobility
Feminization of Poverty
Freedom to Marry and Divorce
Restricted Land Ownership
Inequality in the United Kingdom
Sexism in the Media
Sexism in advertising:
differences for males
and females
Pop culture: Robin Thicke/Miley Cyrus
e.g. Janelle Monae/ Laura Mvula
Rewind & Reframe:
Working for change
Dear Lego company,
My name is Charlotte. I am 7 years old and I love Lego but I
don’t like that there are more Lego boy people and barely any
Lego girls.
Today I went to a store and saw Lego in two sections the girls
pink and the boys blue. All the girls did was sit at home, go to
the beach, and shop, and they had no jobs but the boys went on
adventures, worked, saved people, and had jobs, even swam
with sharks.
I want you to make more Lego girl people and let them go on
adventures and have fun ok!?!
Thank you!
From Charlotte
The boys version: How
To Survive Almost
Anything (Boy’s Only
Edition) had chapters
And another book offered,
entitled How To Survive
Almost Anything (Girls
Only Edition) had chapters
How to:
How To:
• Survive A Shark Attack
•Survive A Plane Crash
•Survive A T-Rex
•Survive A Zombie
• Survive A Breakout
•Survive A Fashion Disaster
•Have The Best Sleepover
•Survive A Camping Trip
•Teach Your Cat To Sit
Rosa UK
Rosa is the first and only UK-wide women’s fund, started
with the aim of finding new sources of money to fund
women’s organisations.
Rosa’s vision is of equality and justice for all women and
girls in the UK.
Find us at www.rosauk.org
What does Rosa do?
Rosa has funded innovative and exciting projects. Rosa has highlighted what women’s
organisations can do, what they are doing, and why they need support. Rosa has encouraged
other, much bigger funders to support work finding alternatives to custodial sentences for women
offenders, to tackle Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK, and to support new and
struggling organisations.
Most recently Rosa has funded
projects looking at the issue of
media representation of girls and
young women. Anybody’s Shape
Your Culture project received the
organisation’s first ever funding.
Also last year Rosa has funded the End
Violence Against Women coalition,
along with Imkaan and Object, to work
together on a project to tackle sexism
and racism in music videos.
United in one theme
This year’s global theme for International Women’s Day is:
Make it Happen
An invitation to celebrate a woman who has inspired change. This may be
someone who has made a difference to you personally or a woman who has
affected the lives of people around the world.
A Call to Action!
On International Women’s Day tweet @RosaForWomen
using the hashtags #IWD2015 and #IWDRosa15 and tell us
• Who is your favourite woman and how she inspires
• Which campaign promoting advancement and/or
recognition of women in society has inspired you?
• What are you doing to celebrate IWD?
• What does a better world for women mean to you?
Send us a picture on Instagram @rosaforwomen using
#IWD2015 and #IWDRosa15
Rosa’s Inspiration
Three women have inspired the name of our organisation.
Do you know who they are and how they changed History?
Hint: they all share the same first name
How you can drive change
1. Participate in the discussion and voice your opinion!
Use social media and share your thoughts about anything you find unjust for women and
girls around you, in the UK or in the world.
2. Fundraise
Rosa is inviting people across the UK to raise much-needed funds for groups working
with women and girls in the UK. By taking part and hosting events, you can celebrate
the women who have inspired you.
International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to show support for women and girls
across the UK, and to learn about the ways women and girls are working together
creatively to tackle the issues women and girls face in 2015.The money raised from
each Rosa event will be used to support initiatives and projects working to benefit
women and girls across the UK.
3: Be the change!
Celebrate a better world for women!
Have a great International Women’s Day!
Watch this video and learn about the many
women’s inventions we never talk about!
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