Philippine Consulate Invites Filipino Organizations to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated around the globe to shed light on inspiring stories and striking issues surrounding women and their fight for more awareness about women’s rights.

The global organization International Women’s Day (IWD) announced this year’s month-long campaign theme to be “Choose To Challenge.”

“We can all choose to challenge and call our gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievement,” said the IWD community.

“Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world for all. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu is inviting individuals and organizations to partner with them to join the “Choose To Challenge” campaign this Women’s Month.

The partnership aims to highlight members of the Filipino community “who have risen up and “Chose To Challenge” the gender stereotypes in their fields” to inspire Filipinas from all walks of life to rise above gender discrimination.

For the whole month of March, the Consulate will feature outstanding Filipinas on their social media accounts. They are currently accepting articles about outstanding Filipinas to be featured on their accounts.

The community is also encouraged to submit their photos with the caption: #ChooseToChallenge. The photo must feature a piece of paper with the individual or organization’s name and profession with the things they “Choose To Challenge.”

Moreover, the Consulate is open for volunteers to help them with social media promotion in creating content and posters for their online campaigns.

Volunteers will also help organize a “Choose to Challenge” Ideathon that will “challenge our students, student organizations and young professionals to come up with solutions to gender-related issues that they face in schools or professions.”

The ideathon event will be open to all regardless of gender. The winner of the event will receive gift certificates and mentorship opportunities from select women leaders in the community.

“Together, we hope to highlight more the achievement of Filipinas in Hawaii, encourage the next generation to rise above gender and racial stereotypes and raise the profile of Filipinas in their chosen professions,” said Vice Consul Andrea Caymo in a press release.

“And for all our stakeholders to work together to “Choose To Challenge” and create a more inclusive society for all regardless of their gender and sexual orientation.”

For those interested to participate in the planning process of the Consulate’s Women’s Month campaign, please email Vice Consul Andrea Caymo at

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