For International Women's Day (IWD), Refuge partnered with women to donate their Twitter names to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline. Women who took part included Little Mix, Lorraine Kelly and Miranda Hart.
Today for #IWD leading British women have partnered with us to donate their Twitter names to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline to give it fame. It’s a number every woman should know, so please share it now. #SafetyInANumber pic.twitter.com/yQQBSCgaXQ— Refuge (@RefugeCharity) March 8, 2020
Elsewhere the comedian Richard Herring this year raised £70,000 for the charity from a tweetathon. Every year Herring spends the day searching for people asking when International Men's Day is and telling them when it is.
On his fundraising page he said: "It's a Herculean task in the face of ignorance and the inability to Google. This will be my last year and hoping to go out big and make even more money for Refuge."
For the history buffs among us, the British Museum looked at women who have inspired throughout the ages.
These included Amastris, who ruled in the 3rd century BC, and was the first woman ever to be named on a coin, Nigerian-American artist Marcia Kure, whose drawing explores questions of identity, and Arsinoe, who was a powerful royal woman in the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for almost 300 years.
Arsinoe was a powerful royal woman in the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt for almost 300 years.— British Museum (@britishmuseum) March 8, 2020
After her death in the early 3rd century BC, a royal decree stated that her statue be placed in every temple in Egypt https://t.co/03Iynp0j95 #IWD2020 pic.twitter.com/4hq9MG8fac
World Vision posted a poll on social media asking what year the first IWD took place.
The 1st International Women’s Day occurred in ____, supported by 1M people. Tomorrow, March 8, join us in celebrating #IWD2020 to lift women up as the change-makers of today and tomorrow.— World Vision (@WorldVision) March 7, 2020
Just a quarter of people got the correct answer: 1911. IWD then became official in 1975.
British Red Cross
The British Red Cross told the story of Rashmi, who heads up one of the Women’s Squads the charity has helped set up in Barishal, Bangladesh.
Her Squad tackles all sorts of issues that people face in the community – from violence, to poverty, to poor health.
The UK government is matching every pound given to the It starts with her appeal up to £2m. Every donation received until 7 April will be matched.
Rights of Women
Rights of Women posted a video under its #BECAUSE hashtag to highlight the reasons why women deserve justice.
#BECAUSE women’s voices are powerful. The #MeToo movement shook the world with women speaking up and speaking together, demanding to be heard. The effects of which are still being felt. Speak up for the #RightsofWomen #IWD2020 pic.twitter.com/RYPnjuZ7uO— Rights of Women (@rightsofwomen) March 8, 2020
The RSPB in Northern Ireland posted a blog highlighting some females of the bird world who buck the usual trends.