Get ready for International Women’s Day

March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. Here are a few ways you can recognize and celebrate International Women's Day this year:

1. Learn about feminist heroes. Learn the history of this special date and the movement towards gender parity. Read up on women throughout the world and throughout history who have made a difference. Have a movie night with your friends and watch films about women, especially women from other countries or cultures.

2. Get involved. There are many ways you can get involved in your community. Join a board of a charity or organization or volunteer and actively participate in the work that they do. See if there is a local walk or marathon in your area. Marching, running or walking with other women can help raise awareness for the struggles of women around the world.

3. Donate to a charity. Consider donating to one of the many organizations such as Amnesty International that work on women's issues, locally and internationally. Donating to organizations working on women's rights can help in the fight against gender-based discrimination, ensure women can access sexual and reproductive health services, and make sure that women who are human rights defenders can safely and freely carry out their work.

4. Celebrate courageous women in your life. Take a moment to think of the significance of the women in your life and be sure to celebrate, appreciate and thank them.