To quote Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world." From reading famous feminist texts - such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists and Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman - to educating ourselves about the current issues being faced by women worldwide, staying informed and up to date is a strong place to start in the fight for parity.Credit Getty
A key way to support International Women's Day is through organisations that champion the gender equality movement and provide aid and assistance to women in need across the globe. While there are very many that are worthy of time and financial donations, here are three of our favourites: Women for Women International, which works for those in countries affected by conflict, serving to empower marginalised women socially and economically; Inspiring Girls International, which is dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting them to female role models; Women's Aid, a charity at the forefront of the fight against domestic abuse.
There are also local organisations in need of public support in order to keep providing vital assistance to vulnerable people. In London, councils have reduced spending on services that help women suffering abuse by an average of 38 per cent since 2010, reports The Independent, despite recorded incidences of domestic abuse increasing by 72 per cent between 2007/2008 and 2014/2015. Supporting charities such as Refuge, through donations, fundraising and raising awareness, helps those working to provide these life-saving services.Credit @womenforwomenuk
Calling on the government to debate issues of gender inequality and to take action to counter forces working against women's rights is a crucial part of supporting human rights movements. Whether it's writing to members of parliament about topics of concern or adding your name to petitions (home.38degrees.org.uk is a good place to start) this is a way to put your voice at the forefront of grassroots change.Credit Press Association
While many are taking direct action by striking as part of the Day Without Women demonstration today, there are are a number of other ways to participate. Since Donald Trump's inauguration, protests are on the rise (stay informed about what the Women's March is planning next, here). Spreading the word about key issues is also important, while those behind this year's theme, #BeBoldForChange, have outlined pledges that can be taken in forging a gender equal world - find them here.Credit Getty