How charities celebrated International Women’s Day 2020

09 Mar 2020 Voices

Following International Women's Day (IWD), we looked at some of the ways charities marked the day and celebrated all the inspiring women that work for, and with, their organisations. Here is a selection of some of the highlights.

A 'Women's Squad' in Bangladesh, set up by the British Red Cross.


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. 

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."

British Museum
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. 

World Vision

World Vision posted a poll on social media asking what year the first IWD took place.

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.



The RSPB in Northern Ireland posted a blog highlighting some females of the bird world who buck the usual trends.

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