Women's History Month is celebrated throughout the month of March. The purpose of it is to increase consciousness and knowledge of women's history: to take one month of the year to remember the contributions of notable and ordinary women, in hopes that the day will soon come when it's impossible to teach or learn history without remembering these contributions.
International Women’s Daytakes place on March 8, 2020. On this day we want to recognise that ‘an equal world is an enabled world.’ How will you help forge a gender-equal world? We want you to celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias and take action for equality.
Here are some tips from the NUS Women's Campaign on organising Women's History Month and International Women's Day events at your SU.
International Women’s Day (8th March) is an important date, but it is not the only day in Women’s History Month worth observing, see our calendar of events below.
Support your student volunteers (e.g. iFemSocs and Women's Officers) running events throughout Women's History Month. Help them with publicity, room bookings, speaker travel/invoices, etc. Don’t take their labour for granted!
To maximise engagement, organise a variety of different types of events throughout the month e.g. guest speakers, panels, workshops, arts/craft sessions, book clubs, coffee socials, welfare advice, sexual/reproductive health sessions, film/TV nights, and discussion events.
Platform and remunerate underrepresented groups: Women’s History Month/International Women’s Day can often become white, middle class and cis. Avoid tokenising LGBT+/WOC/QTPOC groups and take advantage of running a smaller number of speaker events to pay speakers.
Engage critically with past and contemporary feminist movements: e.g. whose interests did campaigns serve, and who did they exclude? Go beyond celebrating the mere representation of women: engage with academics, local grassroots feminist organisations, and local women’s groups.
Calendar of WHM Events
Mon 9 March - Book Launch - 'Feminism Interrupted' by Lola Olufemi
If you wish to share some ideas and event dates you can get in touch with the campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter.
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