5 ways to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

Published on February 18, 2019

Friday 8 March is the UN’s International Women’s Day (IWD); a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. For Girls’ Brigade, it is a day to celebrate how God has used GB to transform the lives of six generations of girls and women across the world.

Keep a close eye on social media and your inbox on IWD as GB is launching a new resource and competition- exciting!

Have you anything planned to celebrate it? Here’s 5 creative ideas and/or actions for how you, GB leaders and GB groups can celebrate International Women’s Day.

If you’re planning an event or special project to celebrate IWD, we’d love to hear from you (home@gbworldwide.org).

1. Raise hope for girls with GB’s Advocacy toolkit

Have you used GBI’s fantastic ‘Raising Hope’ Advocacy Toolkit? This free resource is part of GB International’s on-going advocacy strategy to enable girls and young women to turn up the volume of hope in their own communities. It can be used by leaders to facilitate girls and young women (10-18s) and can used at any time during the GB year. Each of the six sessions contains creative activities with a Biblical focus including games, art, team-building, discussions and creative prayers.

Download it free here.

2. Inspire others by sharing your social action and advocacy stories!

GBI’s Delegation of Hope to the United Nations needs your help!

We want to hear stories about how GB companies and national boards are challenging injustices that girls are experiencing. Social justice issues include human trafficking, poverty, climate change, violence against women, girls’ access to education, forced marriage, mental health etc.

Please complete the questionnaire if you/your local GB group/national board has/have:

– created resources to educate girls/wider community on a social justice issue impacting girls in your community/country;
– campaigned on a social injustice issue in a local company or as a national country;
– lobbied governments and/or local officials on social injustice issues;
– created a social enterprise initiative to help transform the lives of girls/women;
– supported girls to access education by creating sponsorship or any other initiatives;
– used digital media as a campaigning tool;
– or been involved in any other advocacy/social action initiative.

Complete the questionnaire here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QHWXG3QDeadline is 25 February.

3. Share the #iamgb film on social media

The #iamgb (I am Girls’ Brigade) video harnesses the transformational impact of Girls’ Brigade across the world. If you’re on social media, help Girls’ Brigade spread a positive and hope-filled message for girls by:

  1. Sharing the video (linking to the video on the GB International Website.
  2. Adding your #iamgb story – complete the sentence: ‘Because of GB, I am…’
  3. Remember to include the hashtag #iamgb at the end of your post

Read more here.

4. Pray for girls around the world

This Prayer Calendar is based on GB International’s 2019 theme:
‘Fruitful and Overflowing… Live Joyfully’.

It is designed to complement the GBI “Fruitful and Overflowing, Be Joyful” Resource.

Spend some time in February and March praying for girls around the world. Maybe organise a creative prayer night in GB?

Read more here

5. Participate in the Women in Leadership survey

What are some of the challenges facing women in leadership?

The World Evangelical Alliance would love to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

Read more here

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