No official holidays mark the month of March, but there is a special celebration held every year for all the “She’s” s of our society called International Women’s Day 2015 . Happening on March 8 as the highlight of the International Women’s Month, it is the time to raise and wave that Purple flag again!
The global theme for International Women’s Day 2015 is “Make it Happen” .
Sounds short but not simple, rather powerful for it urges “encouraging effective action for advancing and recognizing women”. The focus of International Women’s Day 2015 is “celebrating achievement while calling for greater equality” . The slide show in www.internationalwomensday.com homepage depicts this statement by showing what #MakeitHappen hopes to achieve –
- Greater awareness of women’s equality
- More women in senior leadership roles
- Equal recognition of women in the arts
- Growth of women-owned businesses
- Increased financial independence for women
- More women in science, engineering and technology; and
- Fairer recognition of women in sports
Known as a socio-political event, International Women’s Day advocates in their FB page to arrange local activities for International Women’s Day 2015 that will celebrate the economic, social & political advancement of women.
International Women’s Day 2015 for Juana
Here in the Philippines, this year’s International Women’s Day 2015 also carries a meaningful and relevant theme –
If International Women’s Day 2014 was all about women’s role in progress and recovery, the International Women’s Day 2015 theme takes women’s role in a higher plight!
As stated in an official site of Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) –
“This year’s International Women’s Day 2015 celebration aims to pay tribute to all women leaders who passionately led and continue to advance women’s advocacies. Their key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making will be highlighted in order to influence and break the conservative mindset and belief that politics and leadership are not for women”.
Mentioning politics and leadership has made International Women’s Day 2015 not only relevant but also timely for next year’s election. In fact , it is further mentioned in PCW’s objectives which are:
- To recognize and highlight women’s key roles and accomplishments in leadership, power and decision-making.
- To increase awareness on engaging women to participate at all levels of policy and decision-making.
- To share strategies and best practices women have employed to become successful women leaders
Getting the gist of these objectives, PCW encourages women to take a spot in our country’s political arena given the small ratio of existing women politicians – six (6) women senators out of 24 senatorial seats for the term 2013-2016; 79 women legislators out of 289 seats in the lower house for the term 2013-2016. Looks like next year’s election will be brimming with a lot of Juana’s !
At the fun side of the International Women’s Day 2015 are several activities lined-up by PCW. A photo contest and dance activity were organized to perk up the celebration of International Women’s Day 2015.
The ” 2015 Women’s Month Photo Contest ” started February 6, 2015, but deadline of entries is until March 12. A Php 10,000 cash prize awaits the contest winner. Another upcoming event is the” National Women’s Day Program and Simultaneous Nationwide Streetdance” which will happen on March 8 at Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. But before attending this exciting activity, there’s another requirement aside from registration. Participants must learn the Juana, Ikaw Na Ang Manguna Dance moves !