Tuesday, 8 February 2011

International Women's Day: Put your money where your mouth is

There is 1 month to go until International Women’s Day on March 8 – a day that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women, and a reminder of inequalities that exist because women are still ‘the second sex’.

There are hundreds of events happening in the UK and around the world. You can find local events on the International Women’s Day website. In addition, I’d like to suggest your celebrations include a longer commitment with a lasting effect on the lives of women.

My own suggestion for this day – research and join an organisation that works towards helping women in developing countries. For example, WOMANKIND and ActionAid help women and their families in local communities all over the developing world.

You can also help closer to home. Eaves and Refuge provides housing and support to vulnerable women, including trafficked women. These charities need all the more help at the moment, with UK women’s charities facing a 100% cut in funding. And of course, there’s always the Fawcett Society, tirelessly campaigning for women’s equality in the UK.

Men and women- how will you celebrate International Women’s Day this year? I’ll post a blog on my celebrations in March.

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