This year, the organisation behind International Women’s Day says: Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.
We’ve been doing this for a while now at SOCIALight, and we have loved working with many brilliant women from all over the world with varying backgrounds and stories to tell. But there is so much more to be done.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.IWD
Whilst women have made great strides against equality in various areas of life, we can’t get complacent.
It’s an important time to remember the suffragists and suffragettes who fought tirelessly for our democratic rights – kicking off the campaign for equality of the sexes. Throughout the years we’ve seen significant movements and issues come to light, the gender pay gap, #metoo and #timesup… all of which are still challenges for women in their personal and professional lives.
So, use this year to rally on and keep fighting. It’s 2022, there is potential for so much more change.
International Women’s Day should also be supported and acknowledged by those who don’t identify as women. We need help and support from everyone and our allies – to help gain equality.
There are many causes to get behind, we’ve listed some below if you’re looking to get involved.
Plan International UK
Plan International is a humanitarian organisation striving towards advancing children’s rights and gaining gender equality for girls. In the UK it focuses on a number of important issues including the introduction of sex education into the national curriculum, which was successful, and campaigning to break down the taboos around menstruation and period poverty.
Young Women’s Trust is a feminist organisation working to achieve economic justice for young women. The Trust campaigns for a fairer financial future for young women, with a focus on ending the gender pay gap.
The My Body Back Project offers cervical screening, contraceptive care, STI testing and maternity care for people who’ve experienced sexual violence.
Savera UK work to support those who are at risk of harmful practises and domestic abuse. They work to safeguard women at risk of ‘honour’-based violence, FGM, forced marriages and domestic abuse within Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in the UK.
Women for Refugee Women empower refugee and asylum-seeking women to speak out, become leaders and advocate for change. Their network helps to combat the isolation faced by women seeking asylum and creates pathways for women to rebuild their lives with dignity.
Rights of Women provide vital services aiming to provide women with the legal advice and information they need to understand and use the law and their legal rights. They also work to improve the law for women and increase women’s access to justice.
The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading membership charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life.
A woman-led charity dedicated to transforming the lives of women, girls and their communities through quality education.
The Women’s Health Charity aim to save and change the lives of women, girls and babies, through research, education and advocacy.
Women’s Aid is a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services in England and build a future where domestic abuse is not tolerated.
UN Women works to make gender equality a reality in every way: from grassroots programmes with the most vulnerable women and girls, to changing attitudes, and helping governments design gender-equal policy.
Rosa helps to strengthen specialist women’s organisations so they can meet the needs of the women and girls they work with.