Celebrated annually on 8th March, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.
The month of March becomes a special one for the charity, as this is when we hold our Women in Dance Leadership Award.
Celebrated each year on October 11, International Day of the Girl (IDG) is an annual day of recognition to raise awareness of the need for girls’ rights, promote and amplify girls’ voices and shed a light on the unique challenges girls and young women face around the world. Adopted by the UNITED NATIONS General Assembly in 2011, International Day of the Girl increases awareness of issues faced by girls around the world. Many global development plans do not include or consider girls, and their issues become “invisible”. The celebration of the day also reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women as a distinct cohort in development policy, programming, campaigning and research.
Here at AWA DANCE we want to give you some fun and simple ways to show your support for gender equality and celebrate girls’ rights wherever you are in the world! Download the pack below and be sure to share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we have a day full of inspiring activities.
AWA DANCE supports and stands with the LGBTQ+ community not only in Pride month, but throughout the year. We work alongside our partner Mermaids UK as well as other consultants to ensure we are inclusive in our language, culture and programmes.
Pride month originated in the USA to commemorate the Stonewall Riots which took place in New York City on 28 June 1969. Pride events and marches now take place throughout June across the world to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.
Celebrated annually on 29th April, International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO. This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “dance”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.
AWA DANCE opens applications to the Mentoring Programme every year on 29th April in recognition of International Dance Day
To make a change on a global scale, we know that our focus must first be on the individual. By understanding their potential and abilities, our women and girls will lead others confidently, making them generous leaders, whose influence will ripple into their family, workplace, community and larger society.