On International Women's Day we have looked at some of the ways charities are marking the day and celebrating all the inspiring women that work for their organisations. Here is a, by no means exhaustive, list of some of the highlights.
St Mungo’s is launching a legacy fundraising campaign, called ‘What does home mean to you?’ Celebrities including Cerys Matthews, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Andi Osho will share what homelessness means to them, to raise awareness about women’s homelessness.
Supporters are invited to join in, sharing their stories using the hashtag, #WhatHomeMeans.
Inspiring Girls International
Inspiring Girls is collaborating with Google to try to encourage more women to participate in STEM subjects. They have filmed Google employees talking about their careers, and addressing gender stereotypes.
Founder and chair of Inspiring Girls, Miriam González, said: “A lack of access to diverse female role models affects girls all around the world, particularly when it comes to their career aspirations. We have partnered with Google to break down gender clichés in the tech-sector, and encourage girls to explore some of the careers that women are still under-represented in. We are delighted to have Google collaborating with Inspiring Girls on our global campaign. Together, we can inspire the next generation of women.”
Media charity, Media Trust is running an event called 'Women’s voices' today. It aims to support 30 women’s charities by sharing skills to enhance their communications and PR strategies.
This is their third annual event and it is hosted by Google. Speakers include Kate Dale, the strategic lead for campaigns at Sport England who is responsible for the award-winning ‘This Girl Can’ campaign.
Charities involved include Beyond the Streets, Refugee Women, Rosa, and Women’s Resource Centre.
Fields of Life
Fields of Life is using the day to raise awareness about girls missing school throughout the world, due to menstruation. The charity says that 86 per cent of girls in Uganda miss school due to a lack of access to basic sanitation, because of stigma and a lack of education about menstruation.
Launchpad, a charity that provides housing support for homeless people, is raising awareness of female homelessness this International Women’s Day. The charity says that 68,000 women in the UK are sleeping on the streets, or in temporary accommodation.
Refuge is partnering with Richard Herring to raise money for the charity. He has launched a GoFundMe page, and is collecting sponsorship to spend the day replying to people on Twitter who ask: “When’s International Men’s Day?”
Last year, in doing the same campaign, he raised £150,000.
Dress for Success
The women's employment charity, Dress for Success is partnering with eBay for charity today to encourage women's confidence in their professional attire. The website is donating 10 per cent from selected items for sale on its outlet to the charity.