March 8, 2012 It’s International Women’s Day…
As I struggled to post Part Two on solutions-building to combat toxic messages being sent to women and girls in our pop culture as depicted in Pt 1, Domestic Violence, Grammys, Too Short of a Memory my email chimed with a welcome update, interrupting like a DJ with a record scratch (go ahead, click the sound effects for a multimedia blog experience)
It spun me onto a different track of celebration on a global scale, highlighting the 101st International Women’s Day through the lens of Global Women’s Leadership Network, (GWLN) where I was honored to be selected as a U.S. delegate for GWLN’s Women Leaders for the World incubator of changemakers and cyclebreakers in 2007.
It served as a breath of fresh air to be able to pump up the positive for International Women’s Day since we already know the top five reasons we should care and definitely know “Women Deliver”…so it prompted me to ask instead, “ How will YOU use media today to inspire a girl or empower a female in your world today?”
Colleagues at Hardy Girls Healthy Women listed some fun media literacy activities to engage girls with critical thinking to start peeling the onion on the various media and marketing messages they receive. Crystal at Achilles Effect reminds of the ethical imperative to “Make Girls Part of the Story” from presence to partnerships…
New Moon Girls and Pigtail Pals are using art as a conduit to paint a healthier representation of girls hopes and desires AND are also counter-marketing the recent ‘Am I Ugly’ rash of validation videos from questioning tweens with “You Are Beautiful” free e-cards…
Miss Representation.org is screening their fabulous film in Canada on the Oprah Winfrey Network …
And everywhere it seems a “Chain of Girl Goodness” is taking shape with rumblings of burying damaging self-worth from selling insecurities for profit, along with a backlash brewing to triumph over sexualization that’s undermining girls repeatedly.
Yep, the Part Two attempt at solutions for the Chris Brown and Rihanna domestic violence debacle can wait, this is a day to celebrate global advancements, rather than struggle with setbacks…
Time to march forward with a larger worldview of positive, firm conviction…
“On this day, the worldwide community comes together with a myriad of activities that speak to the diversity and breadth of accomplishments that women have made around the globe rising with one voice to speak our truth. Political rallies, networking events, musical concerts, informal get-together; such as, Join Me on the Bridge campaigns calling for peace, the 56th UN Women’s Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Million Women Rise in London rally to stop the violence for women and girls, the dedication of the Afghanistan Sahar Gul Net Cafe to celebrate one courageous 14 year old’s journey of survival are just a few of the many powerful and life affirming events to take place on this important day.”
Twitter is already abuzz using the #IWD hashtag for great International Women’s Day storytelling, event links, and personal journeys told through the lens of females worldwide.
Our own illustrious GWLN Exec. Dir. and head honcho Linda Alepin is speaking about women leaders and economic sustainability around the world as part of “Global Women’s Journey: A series on female Business Leaders Around the World” (joined by Katy Dickinson of Huawei Technologies on Middle East and North Africa, journalist Rebecca Fannin, author of Silicon Dragon, on women in China and Asian countries, Jen Shelby of Astia on Europe, Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager of Google talking about women in India and Africa) and fellow GWLN graduate Tara Agacayak (’06) will be conducting a Facebook video style “town hall” empowering Turkish girls convo about raising their ranking from 122 out of 135 in gender equality according to the World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap report.
How will you make IWD count in your world? Need suggestions for the day’s events?
Check out the documentary Makers, the dynamic digital platform of “undeniably courageous” all-stars from Condi Rice to Ellen DeGeneres…See how the United Nations Peacekeeping operations use gender differences to promote positive forces of security and calm…Browse through our prior posts from Shaping Youth’s “All Things Girl” series of uplifting media and marketing positive picks linked below…Watch the videos below to get you started thinking about ‘The Girl Effect’ on a global scale…
It’s International Women’s Day. Share it. Blog it. Tweet it. But most of all…Live it!
All Things Girl Series on Shaping Youth
By Amy Jussel
Resources from International Women’s Day 2012
– UN Women Secondary School Kit 2012
– Deloitte’s International Women’s Day Toolkit
– We are Equals posters, badges and stickers
– Celebrating Working Women International Women’s Day video
– Add your International Women’s Day twibbon