International Women’s Day is on March 8 and recognizes the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, while calling for accelerated gender equity. Why is International Women’s Day important to us? At the BC Women’s Health Foundation, we know that healthy women who have equitable access to quality healthcare results in a better life for everyone.
We’ve put together a list of actions you can take to support International Women’s Day. Big or small, every action makes a difference.
1. Attend an event
There are so many great events happening throughout March that put the spotlight on women’s health. Attend this free event hosted by the Women’s Health Research Institute on March 5 featuring four short presentations on the most innovative apps and technologies women are harnessing for their health.
Did you know that March is also Endometriosis Awareness month? Endometriosis affects one in 10 women and approximately 176 million worldwide. Learn about the latest initiatives of endometriosis care in Canada from leading researchers and clinicians on March 12 at the Celebration of Hope. Proceeds of ticket sales go towards endometriosis research.
2. Support businesses supporting women
We are so lucky to work with phenomenal community partners supporting women’s health.
This month, our community partners have various promotions that will give back to the BC Women’s Health Foundation. Snag some International Women’s Day promotions here.
Looking for something more active? Use the International Women’s Day promo code WOMEN20 from March 8 to 10 to reserve your spot at the Shoppers LOVE YOU Run for Women supporting the FIR Square Unit at BC Women’s Hospital. The run is a great way to get active while supporting women’s health on May 9.
3. Honour a woman by investing in healthcare
Make a donation in honour of a woman and send the recipient our International Women’s Day eCard. Your contributions catalyze real results. Your donation will help the Foundation ensure that women across our province have equitable access to the highest quality healthcare.
4. Get informed about how women experience the healthcare system in BC
Last year we released In Her Words, a report that dives into how women experience the healthcare system in BC. Did you know one in three women surveyed felt their needs were not being met by the healthcare system? Check out our findings and stories of women’s experiences on our website.
5. Post a picture for the International Women’s Day #EachforEqual campaign
International Women’s Day has been celebrated across the world since 1911. Share the #EachforEqual 2020 campaign on social media by striking the #EachforEqual pose.
We thank you for your participation in creating an equitable world for all women.
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