Teaching international women’s day #ChooseToChallenge

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day is a global celebration observed on 8 March every year. It is an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, as well as highlight those areas where action is still needed to bring about equality.

International Women’s Day 2021 Date: The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. It indicates that a “challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change” Lookup news on Twitter using the hashtag #ChooseToChallenge

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Women and Covid-19

Illustrating the Covid-19 pandemic

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  • Female leaders have been praised for their roles in response to COVID-19, but remain under-represented in decision-making.
  • International Women’s Day 2021 focuses on the role women can play in ‘building back better’, thanks to their different skills and experience.
  • Women have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, representing 54% of overall job losses.
  • But the “role model effect” is helping to close the gender gap, Forum research shows.

The crucial role played by women in the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is being celebrated this International Women’s Day (IWD).

“Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world” is the theme for IWD 2021 on 8 March. This year’s IWD aims to highlight the role women have been playing at the forefront of the global health crisis – as health workers and caregivers, community organizers and innovators.

Women have also been acknowledged as some of the most effective leaders during the pandemic, with female heads of government, including New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, having been praised for their handling of the crisis. Source Economic forum

Watch this movie from France24 about the unequal pandemic in Europe.

There’s barely any country in the world that hasn’t been touched by the coronavirus pandemic and its aftershocks.

But with so much information out there, it’s sometimes hard to digest all the details and fully take it in.

Ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March, we invite you to meet three women who are using their artistic talents, combined with their expertise in the fields of science, health and technology to help the fight against coronavirus. Source BBC

  1. Avesta Rastan, 25, is a visual science communicator currently living in California. At the start of the pandemic, she realised there weren’t many infographics revealing how Covid-19 directly affected the human body.
  2. Dr Radhika Patnala: ‘The pandemic woke everyone up’.Dr Radhika Patnala is a neuroscientist and the founder and director of the start-up Sci-Illustrate. Her company creates science illustrations for a whole range of clients but she also has several passion projects underway, with the most recent focused on her response to the pandemic.

  3. Nujuum Hashi: ‘If I can fight coronavirus others can try’. But while she was self-isolating, she realised it was important for her to stay connected to the world. “I still tried to do live Instagram art classes – even while I was sick – to entertain others. I’d teach people how to draw faces and hands and other things.



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