March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a day dedicated in honour of women all around the world. This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, in reference to forging an enabled world by celebrating women’s achievements and raising awareness against gender bias. And while we’ve certainly come a long way, there’s still more work to be done!
Though International Women’s Day falls one day, we believe that female empowerment doesn’t (and shouldn’t) end there. There should be a continuous campaign – don’t you agree, ladies?
From a rightful shopping treat and an empowering hike, to special Women’s Day meals and more, here is a list of meaningful International Women’s Day (and beyond) events and activities around Singapore to motivate and inspire you:
Inspire the young women and girls in your life by gifting them this meaningful charm by Pandora, The limited edition charm is created under the jewellery brand’s Charms For Change initiative to support UNICEF’s work to empower young voices and promote gender equality.
The quotes ‘The power is in me’ and ‘We can do anything’ are etched on the charm, serving as powerful reminders or mantras to live by.
How it gives back: For every charm sold, Pandora donates €15 (S$23.16) to UNICEF to empower 600 million young girls between 10 and 19 years old by providing programmes related to education, rights awareness, gender equality, personal empowerment and civic engagement.
When: 5 March – 30 April 2020
Where: $89 at Pandora stores and online.
Pearls invite a luxurious and feminine edge to any outfit, but an occasion to wear them may be hard to come by unless you’re invited for something more fancy or upscale. Carrie K. is redefining that custom, however, with their new Everyday Promises collection – in which they pair elegant pearls with everyday items like locks and pins as necklace clips and connectors.
Style-wise, this invention creates a more modern take on the traditional pearl necklace; but the options can also come to represent different meanings for you to take your pick from.
How it gives back: With every purchase of a Pearl Necklace from this collection, $50 will be donated to non-profit organisation United Women Singapore, which empowers 4,500 girls aged 10-16 by encouraging them to take up STEM subjects, as well as organises various campaigns and fundraisers to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality in the workplace and community.
When: 1 – 31 March 2020
Where: #02-K05 Funan Mall, 107 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179105, tel: 8522 8782 and online.
Hearing from women who have faced, overcome and risen above their struggles never fails to give us to the strength to deal with our own difficulties. As a self-funded, non-profit women’s community providing a free structured monthly empowerment meeting, Women of Courage Asia has been encouraging women to share their life experiences, from their fears to their knowledge, to inspire and empower other fellow women to be more bold and better.
Falling directly in the month of International Women’s Day, Women of Courage Asia will be turning one on 21 March 2020. Join their celebration on Saturday, the day itself, to take away skills and strategies, sharing and support by other strong and outstanding women. Click here for more information.
When: 21 March 2020, 9.30pm – 2pm
Where: #01-01 Genius Central Far East Square, 7-13 Amoy Street, Singapore 049949 [Location updated]
Entry: $10 per pax entrance fee, refreshments provided. Register online here.
Have a toast to all the remarkable women in your life (yourself included!) this International Women’s Day. For the month of March only, Culina, in collaboration with United Women Singapore, is rolling out special prices for selective sparkling, red and white wines from the best wine regions.
How it gives back: Three per cent of the sales proceeds will be donated to United Women Singapore.
When: 1 – 31 March 2020
Click here for the list of wines and email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org with the promo code “UWSpromo_mar20”.
Written for their daughter, Andrea, so she could have someone to look up to as a fictional role model, Priscilla and Shawn’s children books Awesome Women Series first came from a place of parenting. Recently, they launched their project on kickstarter with the hopes of bringing it to everyone, especially the next generation of girls waiting to be inspired and empowered.
Armed with modern female role models, young girls (0 – 4 years) can relate to and learn from them, including facing challenges all the way to overcoming them and celebrating their achievements. Part of the proceeds will go to charity.
Find out more and support their project here.
Holding an afternoon tea gathering with the most inspiring women in your life may be a good idea if you’ve exhausted the gift giving. The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore will also be joining United Women Singapore to advance women empowerment in the month of March.
How it gives back: $1 will be donated for every Afternoon Tea set sold. We say the pampering is worth the calories, especially on this special month!
When: 3 March – 31 March 2020
Where: The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178; and The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel, 80 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049326. For reservations, call 6877 8911 / 8912 or email email@example.com.
BHG is taking it a step further with its celebration of International Women’s Day, with sweet gestures like giveaways and special discounts released through their Facebook and Instagram pages. Over the course of four weeks, get pampered like you deserve with potpourri or flower bouquets with every minimum purchase of $80; and try your luck with their campaign #WomenWithUs which will give you the chance of winning exclusive beauty items over $150 from Estee Lauder, Origins, Clinique and Bobby Brown.
Aiming to promote gender equality, the month-long campaign will be encouraging women to post selfies on Instagram posts and stories with BHG GIFs. Simply tag @bhg.sg and hashtag #WomenWithUs, saying, “To forge a more gender equal society I will…”
How it gives back:BHG donates 50 cents for every Instagram post made, and proceeds from the campaign will go to women’s organisations in Singapore. Click here to get BHG Singapore updates.
When: Starts 7 March 2020. Winners announced weekly starting from 13 March 2020.
Weekend pop-up potpourri bar at Bugis Junction from 7 – 8 March 2020, 2pm – 6pm.
Pop-up flower bar at Bishan Junction 8 on 14 March; Jurong Point on 21 March from 12pm – 6pm.
Where: BHG stores
Nothing beats a memorable meal with a view, where you can be served exquisite contemporary grill alongside a panoramic city view overlooking the iconic Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands Hotel. Order the three-course set lunch, carefully prepared by Executive Chef Paul Hallet; it features signatures like Blackmore Wagyu Tataki and Snapper Roasted Broccoli. For an extra treat, order a glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon, Santa Digna, Central Valley or Chile for an additional $15++.
How it gives back: The restaurant will donate $2 for every three-course Set Lunch ordered.
When: 1 March – 31 March 2020
Where: 2 Stamford Road Swissôtel, Level 70 The Stamford, 178882
Entry: Three course set lunch menu at $49++ per pax.
Whether you’re a kitchenware enthusiast or a Jamie Oliver fan, you’d be glad to know that ToTT is pitching in their own efforts in support of International Women’s Day this month. Take the opportunity to contribute to gender equality by buying the S/S Vintage Cutlery Serving Set, Cake Stand and/or Red Pasta Machine you’ve always wanted from The Jamie Oliver Collection, and see $1 donated to United Women Organisation to their cause!
When: 19 March – 31 March 2020
Where: #02-14 Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5, Singapore 529509, tel: 6219 7077; and #02-427 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, tel: 6238 1578.
Besides celebrating International Women’s Day, take the chance to celebrate the International Day of Pi, which falls on 14 March 2020 – after all, there are many women who have made breakthroughs in mathematics that have led to other achievements in the world.
Windowsill Pies have decided to be a part of the mathematical occasion by offering a buttery deal for their online orders. Simply use the coupon code ‘PIDAY’, and receive a 20 per cent discount on your order.
How it gives back: The store donates $3.14 United Women Singapore with every order.
When: 1 March – 15 March 2020
Where: Make your orders here.
Leave the kids at home with hubby and gather your girlfriends for an unforgettable brunch at one of Singapore’s best Italian restaurants, where you can go all out and dine to your heart’s content on their Calopranzo Menu. Besides their extensive selection of pastas, mains and desserts, you can also sip away on their beautifully curated drinks by Christyne Lee, Head Bartender of Tess Bar & Kitchen, and Macarena Rotger, the lady boss of The Other Roof.
Half of the proceeds from Monti’s You Go Girl bottomless brunch will be donated to AWARE.
When: 8 March 2020, 11am – 3pm
Where: Monti is at 1-Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327; tel: 6535 0724
Cost: $150++ per pax, free flow; $68++ per pax, only food; $34++ per pax, kids. Visit this website for more information.
After slaying it as the female lead of your life, it’s only right you sit back and relax while you watch other strong and courageous women own their storylines. Golden Village is celebrating female power with a Women’s Day promotion that entitles you to a complimentary drink (from the dispensing machine) and a Regular Popcorn at $3.80 (UP $6.50) with each ticket purchase. With epic blockbusters featuring iconic female characters now showing like Bombshell, Harley Quinn: Birds Of Prey, Little Women and Like A Boss, don’t let this promotion go to waste!
When: 6 – 8 March 2020
Where: Golden Village Box Office Counters and online, except GV Capitol.
Entry: Flash the promotion image on GV’s website or social media together with your movie ticket. Redemption only at Box Office.
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If you’re up for more culinary indulgence, destination rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors will be presenting a special menu along with guest shifts by four different bartenders, namely Christyne Lee, Stefanie Goh, Lisa Lurchenko and Ashley Hollins.
This event comes with significance as a tribute to Ada “Coley” Coleman, who is one of the most influential female bartenders of all time. She’s the one who created the familiar Hanky Panky, which Smoke & Mirrors will be bringing to the table with a twist with Old Young’s Six Seasons, Rosso Antico and Fernet Branca.
When: 8 March 2020, 5pm – 12am
Where: National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01 National Gallery Singapore, 178957; tel: 9380 6313. You can also make reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: Minimum spend of $45++ per person for outdoor seating. Click here for more information.
Exercising can contribute to increased confidence and feelings of empowerment from “feel good” endorphins. A good way to get started is through a leisurely hike at your own pace, especially with women on the same physical and mental route as you are. Amazing Trekkers Club (ATC) is inviting women to join on their 10km walk Peaks For Purpose from MacRitchie Reservoir to Bukit Timah Visitors Centre.
All you really need to sport some purple and put on a pair of comfortable trainers, and bring along some water and snacks. This would be an amazing opportunity to meet new people and kick-start your healthy journey!
When: 7 March 2020, 7am – 11am
Where: Meeting point at MacRitchie Reservoir, Lornie Road Entrance, grass area near Mushroom Café or taxi drop-off
Cost: $15 entrance fee; $10 donation to The Courage Fund. Click here for more information.
In addition to their fair trading and forever against animal testing philosophies, this International Women’s Day, The Body Shop will be donating $1 from every transaction made in stores and on Lazada to support Daughters Of Tomorrow. This is in an effort to help underprivileged women build financially independent and resilient families.
When: 7 – 8 March 2020
An affordable option for the drinks, the food, the tunes and the possibility of earns for shopping is joined by Neon Pigeon, Fat Prince and Summerlong on 8 March 2020 by The Dandy Collection. At $30++ per person, you can enjoy a counter-style buffet flaunting Summerlong’s yummy Greek and Mediterranean dishes, Neon Pigeon’s Tokyo Hummus and Fat Prince’s Caraway Cake – all with DJs Victoria Leembruggen and Liana spinning beats in the back.
Adding on to the fun and thrill, The Dandy’s Collection’s collaboration with Lisa Von Tang also means the chance of you being one of their four lucky diners to bring home a $1,000 gift card, or their 10 picked for a styling session. Everyone also gets to receive a 10 per cent discount voucher from The Olive Oil Skincare Company.
$5 from every order of the counter buffet and $2 from every speciality cocktail sold will be donated to AWARE.
When: 8 March 2020, 12pm – 4pm
Where: Summerlong, 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04, 23825; tel: 6235 1225. You can also make reservations at email@example.com.
Cost: $30++ per pax for counter buffet. Click here for more information.
Those who prefer an intimate dining location can head to Chef’s Table at Capella Singapore. In their bespoke home-style kitchen, they will be planning a special dinner menu headed by Chef Carol – this gastronomical experience will begin with a complimentary cocktail and an heirloom tomato tartare appetiser, before diving into their delicious steamed barramundi accompanied by flowers and herbs harvested from Capella’s Garden, then ending off with their dark chocolate hazelnut crunch.
When: 8 March 2020, 6.30pm – 10pm
Where: Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls, Singapore 098297; tel: 6591 5089. You can also make reservations at ChefsTable.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: $98++ per pax. Limited seating of up to 20 people only. Click here for more information.
Craving for a more holistic experience? Add celebrating diverse culinary fare to the list on top of celebrating women. At TONO Cevicheria, the first ever authentic Peruvian restaurant in Asia, head chef Tamara Chavez, Petrina Loh of Morsels and Ashlee Malligan of Nouri will be forming an all-female team to bring Mexican, Chinese and Australian flavours to the table.
Aside from being able to have a taste of refreshing and unique delicacies, it’s also a good opportunity to ponder on how women have as much of a right to soar as their male counterparts in an industry so outnumbered and competitive.
“I hope this six-hands collaboration shows how females can succeed in an industry where the odds might be against them and empowers other women to take courage and believe in what they can achieve,” Tamara Chavez says.
When: 8 March 2020, 12pm – 9pm
Where: 7 Fraser St, #01-49/50 Duo Galleria, Singapore 189356; tel: 6702 7320
Entry: Free! Register here.
We all have somebody we admire for being able to walk the talk – then, maybe, a treat to a pair of shoes (or bags) is an appropriate choice for International Women’s Day.
The homegrown brand which has now established an international presence in countries like China, Japan and Philippines will be commemorating the special occasion with an exclusive two-day discount. Find the perfect fit for yourself and any important lady in your life with their storewide and site-wide 8 per cent discount. You’re sure to find a pair for every occasion you have in mind.
When: 7 – 8 March 2020
Where: 8 per cent discount* at all PAZZION stores and online (12 per cent discount for purchase of two or more items); VIPs get extra 5 per cent off.
*Terms and conditions apply.
This post was updated on March 11, 2020.