Hard to believe we’re already in March, right? But you know what that means, there are heaps of International Women’s Day events right around the corner!

On International Women’s Day (IWD) 2023, we believe it’s super important to encourage, strengthen, and achieve gender equality so that every woman is able to reach their full potential regardless of their age, culture, race, or background. 

And of course, we can’t forget all those inspirational female figures who’ve gone before us. After all, IWD is all about honoring the past, present, and future of women across the globe. 

But who says raising awareness and celebrating don’t mix? Not us, that’s for sure. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help make IWD 2023 one to remember. We’ll explore:

  • International Women’s Day Best Practices
  • How to celebrate International Women’s Day with your team
  • The Top International Women’s Day Events to attend

International Women’s Day Best Practices

There’s no single ‘right way’ to celebrate women’s empowerment. But there are a few best practices that you can follow to mark the occasion in both an effective and respectful way in the workplace.

Not sure where to start? Try taking just a few minutes over your morning coffee to learn about the history of IWD and the struggles that women continue to face around the world. 

And then, of course, there’s your team. What does IWD mean to them? What does it mean for your company? And what can you do to help create a more inclusive workplace where gender knows no boundaries? 

Aligning with your team is a sure way to understand how they want to recognize and celebrate the day, and boost motivation to take action. 

How to celebrate International Women’s Day with your team

This day is all about coming together to make a positive, lasting change. So what better way than to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 with your team?

There are some fantastic ways to promote and celebrate gender equality in all its forms. And we’re not just talking face-to-face events either. There are tons of virtual women’s day celebrations to make the most of, and you can even keep it simple inside your own workplace. 

Here are our top team celebration ideas for this year’s big day. 

 1. Create awareness

It’s important that you extend the invitation to everyone. While most activities will target women and gender parity, it’s essential that people of all gender identities are involved in the conversations and become allies for justice. 

It’s always a great idea to invite your male teammates and colleagues to your IWD celebrations and let them know that they’re part of the solution, too.

2. Support female founders 

Many aspiring female entrepreneurs are utilizing social media to their advantage, leveraging it to promote their businesses in order to increase their reach. 

By lending your support in the form of likes, comments, and shares, your team can help them gain more visibility and potentially even drive income. 

So, why not help out a few local fellow female entrepreneurs by taking a few moments to like, comment, and share links to their businesses—you never know what amazing possibilities it could open up for them!

3. Show gratitude 

Thank-You campaigns are a great way to celebrate and express gratitude by recognizing the women in your team who have made a difference to you.

By encouraging projects like this, your team can send emails or messages to the special female colleagues they’re thankful for. IWD is a golden opportunity for organizations to truly express thanks and recognize the inspiring women who have impacted the professional lives of their employees.

4. Host or attend an event

One of the most fitting International Women’s Day activities is to host or attend an IWD event!

Whether you’re hosting a lecture or workshop or attending a webinar or panel discussion, this is a fantastic opportunity for your team to hear other women’s experiences and advice and feel inspired to make a difference. 

In fact, there are tons of events during this time that you can attend with your team. Let’s take a look at our top events for 2023. 

The Top International Women’s Day Events to attend

Looking to mark the occasion this year? Well, the good news is that you can find IWD events pretty much anywhere and everywhere. There are even a fair few options you can enjoy online from the comfort of your sofa. 

Here’s the list of our top IWD events we don’t think you should miss!

1. 2023 McGuckin International Women’s Day Celebration

This year, the McGuckin Group and Women On Their Way join forces to celebrate and take action to celebrate the official IWD 2023 theme of #EmbraceEquality

You can join them virtually as a panel of top female leaders discusses how to champion gender equality and raise awareness about the systemic challenges preventing equal opportunities. 

When?: Wednesday 8 March, 9-10 pm (CET)

Where?: Online!

2. UN Women in Innovation

Did you know that the UN theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality”? 

That’s why UN Women has brought together an amazing group of women from a rich variety of backgrounds, industries, and cultures, each with their own unique perspectives, knowledge, and stories to the table.

They’ve also organized a virtual open chat space, where you can share your personal experiences, ask questions and learn from other attendees.

When?: Tuesday 7 March, 9 am (CET)

Where?: Online!

3. Empowered Women Film Festival

The Telling is releasing film adaptations of three captivating plays that focus on the power of women throughout history. Empower you and your team to make a difference by streaming these special film adaptations all from the comfort of your home.

And if you fancy something a little more hands-on, the very same production company is hosting a series of singing workshops to celebrate IWD 2023. The choice is yours!

When?: 8-21 March

Where?: Online!

4. Listen and #Walk4Women

Put on some comfortable walking shoes and get outside to celebrate the amazing women leading us through this crisis. This global event consists of an hour-long walk in solidarity with people all around the world. 

You can sign up here, and pledge how far you’re prepared to go. Then, when March 8 rolls around, put your shoes on and get going! The movement’s ambitious goal of walking around the earth is challenging but achievable! All they need is at least 8,000 women to commit to walking 5km each. 

When?: Wednesday 8 March

Where?: Anywhere!

How to Celebrate IWD

There are so many ways to make International Women’s Day 2023 one to remember. The key? Get the team involved: encourage everyone to participate irrespective of gender, race, age, or background, welcome suggestions and offers of help, and try to make it as enjoyable as possible. 

And don’t forget to take inspiration from other companies! By showing your team just how important gender equality is, you’ll contribute to creating a more inclusive work environment that benefits everyone. What more could you ask for?!