At Women in Games, every day is Women’s Day! But International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for all individuals and companies to reflect on the women in their communities, and look at what can be done to further support them.

This year the United Nations has chosen the theme of ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’ – which couldn’t be more apt for the games and esports sectors.

The UN says: “The United Nations Observance of IWD recognises and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education. IWD 2023 will explore the impact of the digital gender gap on widening economic and social inequalities… Bringing women and other marginalised groups into technology results in more creative solutions and has greater potential for innovations that meet women’s needs and promote gender equality.”

If you would like to recognise and celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 and make a real difference to women in games and esports – and Women in Games – here’s how you can help…

1. As a studio or games/esports company, sign up to host a booth at the upcoming Women in Games Careers, Development & Networking Expo, which takes place the day after International Women’s Day, on Thursday March 9th. We’re expecting up to 1,000 women and allies from around the world to join us virtually, and – even if you’re not currently recruiting – you can make a real difference to women and girls who are looking to learn about the various career disciplines available in games and esports. Email hello@womeningames.org to find out more.

2. Encourage your staff to attend the Women in Games Careers, Development & Networking Expo. We have a big focus on Development this year, in a bid to help women, girls and allies to focus on taking steps forward on their career journeys – and give them the confidence to do it. The event is free to attend – they can register here. You can also help us to continue hosting these free events by covering ticket costs for yourself or others. We want to provide events free to all, but it costs our organisation £5 for every delegate who attends. And it’s also not too late to sponsor the event! Email sponsorship@womeningames.org to find out more.

3. Make a donation and help Women in Games to continue creating new initiatives and hosting vital events for our community. Women in Games is a not-for-profit organisation and most of the work we do, and the initiatives and opportunities we create for women and girls, is free at the point of access for our community. We rely on the generosity of our sponsors and supporters, and your donation will help our work, which includes:

  • Creating safe spaces for girls and women, both in the workplace and online
  • Career development – practical advice and introductions to recruiters
  • Free and low-cost events to bring our community together for learnings & inspiration
  • The launch of additional Women in Games Global Chapters
  • Vital networking events that allow women at all levels to meet
  • Development of our Creative Leadership Labs initiative
  • Data and measuring diversity impact

To donate and find our more about what your donation means to Women in Games, click here. Alternatively, email Lisa.Carter@womeningames.org

International Women’s Day is an ideal opportunity for you to be recognised for your support of International Women’s Day – so if you would like to donate and get a personal note of thanks and recognition on International Women’s Day itself, contact us to find out more.

4. Sign up your company to become a Women in Games Corporate Ambassador. If you’re not already part of our corporate community, this programme provides studios and companies with opportunities to engage with multiple initiatives, activities, events, research opportunities, awards and showcasing talent. And allows your company to work directly with Women in Games to support our collective community.

5. Highlight to your teams the opportunity to become a Women in Games Individual Ambassador – and look at the programme yourself, if you haven’t already. We are honoured to have over 1,000 Ambassadors, encompassing women, girls and allies, in 70 countries worldwide who are supporting our work and evangelising Women in Games’ goals and mission.

6. Bring Women in Games to you! Speak to Women in Games about how the team and community can help you to celebrate International Women’s Day within your own workplace. We can provide advice on how to host in-studio discussions, use social media to show your support of Women in Games and International Women’s Day, and our CEO Marie-Claire Isaaman is even available to host a virtual talk directly to your teams. These options are available to all for a donation to support our work. To find out more, email us via hello@womeningames.org

By supporting Women in Games on International Women’s Day, you are providing support to women, girls and allies in games and esports around the world. Help us to make a difference to them all.

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