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08 March 2017

What Works in celebration of International Women's Day #BeBoldForChange

What Works in celebration of International Women’s Day


For 109 years, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been uniting global communities to celebrate women and ensure their safety and equality. As the world pauses to commemorate International Women’s Day (IWD) today, March 8th 2017, we seize the opportunity to reflect on the work being done to support the health and well-being of women globally. IWD is a hugely important date in the What Works calendar, informed by our ethos and mission to prevent violence against women and girls.

This year the IWD campaign takes a further step in calling for global attention and action through their 2017 theme, #BeBoldForChange.

The campaign is encouraging people to:

1. Celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women

2. Declare bold actions you'll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda, because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world[1]

Please join us in supporting International Women’s Day on March 8th and #BeBoldForChange for a more inclusive, gender equal world.

What you can do to support #IWD2017 through What Works

Selfie cards

Use the #BeBoldForChange selfie cards for social media amplification. There are five categories of bold actions. Each category has an individual and group selfie card available for download - or you can access the downloadable powerpoint version to co-brand or edit your text. There are also blank selfie cards available for download, where users can enter their own bold actions. All selfie download cards may be co-branded (i.e. logo inserted). There is also a downloadable powerpoint available to enable easy text entering, logo insertion and printing.


Thunderclap your support by raising awareness and encouraging others to take bold action to help accelerate gender parity. Around the world, Thunderclap will post a one-time message to your social media account on March 8 at 11:30AM GMT. Simply REGISTER NOW to participate - and join people all around the world, showing their support to #BeBoldForChange. Across the world, and across social media platforms - this is the message global audiences world will be seeing: “It's #InternationalWomensDay !! Together we can accelerate gender parity via action so #BeBoldForChange for #IWD2017”


Send out your own tweets or simply copy and paste the ones we have drafted below or use them as a guide to create your own:

We are proud to support #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange – follow how we work here:

Through @whatworksVAWG we’re partnering to drive women’s empowerment around the world, find out how here: #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange

It’s time to #BeBoldForChange on women’s empowerment—we’re acting through @whatworksVAWG: #IWD2017

@SonkeTogether and @whatworksVAWG want to achieve gender equality. #BeBoldForChange

We have to #BeBoldForChange if we want things to change. Speak out and push against that rhetoric. @whatworksVAWG supports #IWD2017

@EqualAccessIntl is working to change in community attitudes towards #VAWG and will be #BeBoldForChange on #IWD2017

@whatworksVAWG grantee @Tearfund works to promote attitude change around gender inequality, gender roles & #VAWG  #BeBoldForChange

@SonkeTogether and @whatworksVAWG is working to achieve gender parity. #BeBoldForChange

@whatworksVAWG is empowering women through grantee @EqualAccessIntl  make this change 2gether #BeBoldForChange


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What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls (What Works), backs International Women’s Day

For almost 110 years, IWD has been uniting communities across the world to celebrate women and work towards ensuring their safety and equality, a theme that chimes with the What Works mission to end violence against women and girls (VAWG). The 2017 IWD theme #BeBoldForChange, encapsulates the very essence of the unity and courage required to change attitudes and make a difference.

What Works and #IWD2017 share a core objective to achieve equality for women, connected in spotlighting the social, cultural and political achievements of women from all walks of life. Join us in supporting International Women’s Day on March 8th and #BeBoldForChange

Or send us a personal post and we will publish on our What Works Facebook page.


Write 500-600 words on what you are doing in support of this year’s International Women’s Day campaign #BeBoldForChange we can post on the What Works blog.


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