How did charities mark International Women’s Day?

09 Mar 2021 News

Following International Women's Day (IWD), we looked at some of the ways charities marked the day in 2021. Here is a selection of some of the highlights.

International Women’s Day was held yesterday (8 March) and many charities decided to use the day as an opportunity to educate on their cause or celebrate the women working in their organisations.

Women’s Aid

The national domestic abuse charity Women’s Aid launched a petition to the government, asking that it requires local authorities to fund lifesaving women’s domestic abuse services. 

This follows a number of Women’s Aid member services losing local authority funding, most recently RISE in Brighton, which lost a £5.1m seven-year contract, after providing refuge and domestic abuse services in the local area for over 25 years. 

Farah Nazeer, chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Today, we are launching an emergency petition to the government because we are seeing established women-led domestic abuse services lose local authority funding. This has to be stopped before it leads to more women and children dying.”

The domestic abuse bill reached the report stage yesterday in the House of Lords, and although the bill requires councils to fund accommodation for survivors, nowhere does it mention the words "women’s refuges". 

Women’s Aid has also launched a dedicated service for professionals currently working with survivors of domestic abuse, seeking refuge accommodation and support.   

Professionals including social workers, health workers, housing officers and the police can access the dedicated service. 

Women’s Aid Direct Services team can search on Violence Against Women and Girls’ services in the UK, which provides latest information on vacancies in refuges, and availability of other Violence Against Women and Girls’ services including outreach, drop-ins, counselling services and advocacy projects.  

NHS Charities Together

NHS Charities Together decided to honour the many women working in the NHS.


Breast Cancer Now

Breast Cancer Now asked its Twitter followers to tell them about a woman who has inspired them.


Women for Women International 

Women for Women International launched a new global campaign celebrating the power of women as a force for positive change.

It used the day to highlight the injustices women face worldwide, and charity is asking women everywhere to use their #PowerToChange the world to sign the #PowerToChange commitment.

The British Museum 

The British Museum published a blog which heard from women working at the Museum about what it’s like working in the arts.

Wildlife Trust

Similarly, the Wildlife Trust shared stories from women working in conservation.




Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

Meanwhile, Ronald McDonald House Charities UK decided to honour its co-founder Dr Audrey Evans.

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