Every March 8th marks the celebration of International Women’s Day in countries around the world. In some places, it’s a public holiday. The first Women’s Day was held on February 28, 1909, in New York City, and after, it quickly caught on. The day remains a cornerstone in the movement for women’s rights.
March 8th creates the perfect time for individuals and businesses to donate money to leading women’s rights organizations that empower women globally, provide economic opportunity, education and accelerate equality and progress.
- Room To Read. The non-profit invests in the future of nearly one million children annually by focusing on literacy and gender equality in low-income communities. Almost 800 million people are illiterate, and two-thirds are women and girls. Room To Read is trying hard to change those statistics.
- Women On Wings. Their mission is to create one million jobs for women in rural India. A good job helps to escape the cycle of poverty, but there isn’t enough paid work in rural India. The organization focuses on three areas, including food and agriculture, textile and forestry.
- EngenderHealth. The organization trains health care professionals and partners with governments and communities to make high-quality family planning, along with sexual and reproductive health services available.
- Women For Women International. The non-profit assists women in getting back on their feet after surviving war. So far, Women For Women International has helped more than 479,000 marginalized women in eight countries affected by war and conflict.
- Global Fund For Women. The organization is active in 175 countries and has reached out to provide women with safety, health, and happiness. Global Fund For Women campaigns for freedom from violence, economic justice, and sexual/reproductive health and rights.
- Girls Not Brides. The global partnership is fighting hard to stop child marriage and allow young girls to live up to their full potential. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas.
- The Malala Fund. The charity organization was founded by Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and focuses on reaching the most vulnerable girls. The organization strives to help young girls go to school and have the opportunity to learn and become a leader.