The first National Women’s Day was celebrated in 1909. The day was set aside to honor women who protested against working conditions. A year later it was decided Women’s Day should be a world-wide celebration. Since then there has been an International Women’s Day (IWD) every year. Today we celebrate IWD on March 8th.
Though we need to be celebrating women every day of the year, we wanted to take the time today to showcase five organizations and initiatives that are helping women in all parts of the world.
We encourage everybody – regardless of your gender, to celebrate this year’s IWD by reading about the different organizations working to improve women’s lives.
1 – Center For Reproductive Rights
This group believes strongly that every person should be able to participate as an equal member of society regardless of gender. And they believe that women should have the freedom to decide whether or when they have children and/or get married.
Click here to see what efforts they are making to help strengthen laws and policies to help women’s rights.
2- Women for Women International
This organization supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war by creating classes of twenty-five women that can support, network, share experiences, learn critical skills, and access new resources together.
Click here to learn more about what they are doing to support marginalized women.
3- Friendship Bridge
While poverty and illiteracy are widespread in Guatemala, this group of women are determined to create a change. They are doing that by creating more opportunities for education and access to healthcare tools for women in the country.
Click here to learn more about how the organization is helping women in Guatemala.
4- Dress For Success
This international not-for-profit organization empowers women by providing them with a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools need to help women thrive in work and life.
Click here to learn more about how the organization is helping women achieve economic independence.
5- Goals for Girls
Since 2007 this organization has used soccer to help disadvantaged girls across the globe. Through the game of soccer, these girls are learning life skills on how to be agents of change, which helps them develop the skills that they need to become leaders within their communities.
Click here to learn more about how this organization is using soccer to help build leadership qualities.
Happy International Women’s Day!
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