We love the month of March for many things, but most of all for International Women’s Day 2019. Gather your posse and join in the fun at one of these inspiring women-friendly events. 

International Women’s Day 2019 falls on 8 March. This year’s theme – #BalanceforBetter – calls for a more gender-balanced world. We still have a long way to go: Singapore was outed as the worst place in the world among top-rated ‘gender equal’ nations for women to work in a study last month. But hey, every step counts and if we start now, that balance could be achieved by the time our daughters grow up.


MOVE

If you’re a walker or a runner who steps out everyday anyway, join Spacebib’s IWD Online Race 2019 and help raise funds for AWARE Singapore. Choose from three distances: 3.8km, 10km, and 21.1km. You can walk or run anywhere, anytime to complete your chosen distance between 8 and 17 March. AWARE will receive $1 for every participant in the basic category, and $3 for every participant in the classic category. From $10.98. Register here

WATCH

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Just for International Women’s Day 2019, retro cinema hall (and bringer of films worth watching) The Projector is launching a new ‘Women Make Film’ series. This kicks off with a special screening of Mia Hansen Løve’s Daft Punk-inspired film Eden. Grab a girlfriend and lose yourself in the early-Nineties Paris underground electronic dance movement. Get a glass of champagne at the door (first come first served basis) if you’re the first 150 there. 1 March, 7pm, The Projector, tickets

READ

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Cassandra Chiu isn’t just the first female guide dog handler in Singapore. She’s also the first Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in Southeast Asia who happens to be blind. In her newly launched book, A Place For Us, she shares her journey— from before she was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, which eventually cost her her sight, to the time she spent training with her guide dog Esme, and their experiences as advocates for people with disabilities. 9 March, 5pm, tickets

STYLE

 

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Dress to impress in the new IDLF Linen V Neck Blouse. #Uniqlo #UniqloSG

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Want to dress better? Join fashion journalist and stylist Lena Kamarudin at UNIQLO’s free styling workshop “Keeping The Balance, In Style” at its Suntec store to find out how. 8 March, 5.30- 6 pm, 6.30 – 7 pm, 7.30 – 8 pm, at UNIQLO Suntec City. Register here by 3 March. 30 seats per session. Successful registrations will be notified via email and text.

LEARN

 

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#IWD19 is coming up in a few weeks and we would like to celebrate the amazing women that we have the privilege to work with! We have two events coming up in the first week of March and we would love to see you there! On 7th March at the Facebook APAC Office, we will be screening @the_helper_documentary and a panel discussion by @rhosecoronado , Associate Professor Anju Mary Paul and Jacqueline Loh. Later that week, on 10th March at the @malayheritage , we will be screening The Helper Documentary again and will be presenting a mini photography and poetry showcase. Don’t forget to share the event and invite your friends along. Link in bio for more details and get your tickets today! #strongertogether

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Aidha gives FDWs and low-income women in Singapore financial education to help them achieve economic  independence. This International Women’s Day 2019,  join them at a special screening of The Helper, a documentary about migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. This will be followed by a discussion (7 March screening at the Facebook Asia-Pacific Office) or a mini photography and poetry showcase (10 March screening at the Malay heritage Centre).  7 and 10 March, details

USE

Every woman needs a superpower skincare item to help combat stress, urban pollution, and well, life. What we’re crushing on right now? The Canvas Detox Facial Mask. Enriched with Vitamin C and Milk Thistle, this forms a protective shield on the skin, and neutralises free radicals. In addition it prevents UV damage, and stimulates DNA repair in skin cells. It’s every single thing my face needs! Best of all? Only natural and certified organic ingredients are used, making this perfect for sensitive skins as well. $132.20 for 100ml, website

EAT

Truth: no one loves a woman like a woman loves chocolate. And there’s no better place to indulge in some of that dark love than at a Chocolate-themed Afternoon High Tea Buffet. Roll up in your favourite elastic-waisted bottoms (for ease of stomach expansion of course) and feast on treats such as Jamon Iberico & Apricot on Chocolate Pecan Nut Roll, Traditional Mexican Beef Stew with Chocolate & Mini Baguette, and Crispy Shrimp & White Chocolate Arancini. Craving the sweet stuff? You won’t regret sacrificing calories for the silky smooth Slow-Baked Chocolate Tartlets, or the luscious Jivara Earl Grey Raspberry. Go on. You know you deserve it. From $45++ per adult and $30++ per child, till 28 April 2019 at L’Espresso, Goodwood Park Hotel. Women pay $38++ per person on International Women’s Day itself, 8 March 2019

GO

A girls’ getaway is actually beneficial for your health, and that’s not us talking — that’s science. Southern Living reports here that taking time to spend with your best girlfriends can improve mental and physical health. Who are we to disagree? Grab the girls, your passport, and go. On our radar:

• Either (or both!) of the Four Seasons Resorts in Bali during the Balinese-Hindu New Year, Nyepi, on 7 March, just in time for IWD. Do nothing, or do less: like morning yoga at the ocean-front pavilion with views of the sparkling ocean, deserted beach and fishing village at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay, or soak up the serenity and greenery of Four Seasons Sayan at its Dharma Shanti Bale with a Sacred Nap, as you are gently rocked to sleep – like a baby in a ‘yaolan’.

• The Westin Resort Nusa Dua Bali, where mums can be nurtured at Heavenly Spa by Westin, and engage in a guided session of Trataka Meditation (“third eye meditation” which helps purify the mind and improve concentration). Need to bring the kids? No problem. Little travellers enjoy unlimited access to Westin Family Kids Club throughout Nyepi Day. As darkness falls, gather in the garden with your little loves and watch the night sky come alive with millions of stars. Bliss.

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