12 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day
1. Entrusting women with editorial responsibility
UNESCO is inviting editors-in-chief of newspapers, radio, television online and offline to join this initiative, and to entrust women journalists and reporters with editorial responsibility for the newsroom on International Women’s Day or during the WMN campaign. The WMN 2013 will continue until 30 April 2013.
2. Submitting your stories
Media organizations, professional associations, journalists’ unions, women and men working in the media and civil society can use this platform to share their thoughts on 2013 WMN theme. Do national gender policies and strategies exist in your country? Are media featured in these policies and strategies? What has been the impact of media involvement in these gender policies and strategies? Through these and other questions share your experience, good practices and recommendations in promoting media integration in national gender policies and strategies and in advocating the end of violence against women.
Kindly submit your contribution to us by 30 April 2013 via this website, www.unesco.org/webworld/en/march8. They will contribute to inform UNESCO’s programmes. Some of the best contributions will be featured on the Women Make the News 2013 web page.
3. Spreading the word
Downloadable banners and logos are available on this website. Please use them to promote Women Make the News in your organization. These promotional materials cannot be used for marketing, advertising or in any other ways that are inconsistent with UNESCO’s mission.
4. Mainstreaming the topic at universities
Universities, colleges, training institutions, including UNESCO Chairs, can join this initiative, and to organize special debates or lectures on the theme, to mainstream the topic in relevant lectures and to promote gender equality in a form deemed necessary in their places of work – on International Women’s Day or during the duration of the WMN initiative.
5. Producing programmes on the topic
Radio and television programmes as well as small messages can be produced to be repeatedly diffused throughout the month, and especially on 8 March, based on UNESCO's Women Make the News 2013 theme, Towards a Global Alliance on Media and Gender.
6. Organizing debates and discussions
You can organize radio and television debates and discussions involving stakeholders (broadcasters, policy-makers, academics, legal fraternity) on the relevance of gender equality and particularly relating to this year’s theme.
7. Giving voice to communities
Phone-in radio shows can be organized in order to give voice to the community.
8. Interviewing media personalities
You can interview media personalities, both women and men, in your country about International Women’s Day and the theme for the UNESCO Women Make the News 2013.
9. Diffusing audio and video clips
You can diffuse UNESCO's audio and video clips on women and gender equality issues, which are available this website: click here.
10. Promoting UNESCO publications
You can download, exhibit and distribute publications, produced or supported by UNESCO:
- Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media
- Getting the balance right: Gender Equality in Journalism,
- Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media,
- Guidelines for broadcasters on promoting user-generated content and media and information literacy,
- Media and information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers.
11. Joining your National Commission for UNESCO
You can join the National Commission for UNESCO in your country to participate in the celebration of national events dedicated to International Women's Day.
12. Celebrating the Day with local media organizations
You can celebrate the Day together with the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), local associations of community radios, national or regional print and broadcast unions, journalists' associations, women networks or citizens’ media groups.