Today is a very special day to be a woman. Why? Well in case you hadn’t heard March 8th is International Women’s Day. It’s our day ladies!
This year, International Women’s Day is celebrating it’s 100th year of recognizing the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future around the world.
The first International Women’s Day events were held 1911 and attended by over one million people. 100 years later, International Women’s Day is celebrated across many countries and is an official holiday in approximately 25 countries including Afghanistan, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam and Zambia.
All of this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of women and organizations pushing opportunities to girls and women around the world. So to honour you lovely ladies, below are 10 fantastic organizations and projects that focus on girls and women around the world, bringing their stories to the world:
World Pulse is a global media and communications network dedicated to bring a voice to women around the world. The organization publishes a magazine, produces a newswire and trains women to be journalists while uniting women to be a voice for change.
Girls Incorporated is a “non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through a network of organizations in the United States and Canada.” Through information gathered through their National Resource Centre, the basis of all of Girls Inc’s work, the organization offers programs to encourage girls to take risks and to overcome physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. The organization also offers scholarships to its members. Girls Inc aims to educate the public on the challenges faced by girls in their local communities.
She is Me Program
The She is Me Program aims to education, inspire and empower young women through engagements with positive role models. Through workshops, seminars and the arts, young women are exposed to various careers, goal setting and positive role models, while developing needed skills for post secondary education.
60 Million Girls
This non-profit organization is on a mission to “empower girls and woman through education.” There are an estimated 110 million children around the world who do not attend primary school – more than 60 million of these are girls. 60 Million Girls aims to support at least two major education projects annually in developing countries through funds raised.
PS: This is the charity I’ve chosen to donate 10% of all my profits to, including any money I raise on my cycle ride next January 2012 from Cairo to Capetown.
Ladies Who Launch
Ladies Who Launch is a community of women entrepreneurs who are committed to launching their dreams and growing their business. Support is available both online and offline in cities across the United States and Canada. Offline interactions aim to bring women together for in-person workshops to leverage idea sharing, referrals and advice.
Make Mine a Million
Make Mine a Million, an initiative of Count Me In, is a platform for women to help each other turn their dreams into reality. What started initially as a business competition has turned into an online community where women share their resources and successes with one another in a quest to break the million dollar business threshold.
Connected Women aims to connect you with women entrepreneurs from over 70 countries so you can get together and make a difference. This is the open platform to be seen, heard, promoted and empowered. From networking with other powerful business women to receiving professional advice, the founder of this great site are always supportive of initiatives that support other women.
The Girl Effect
The Girl Effect is a movement driven by 600 million adolescent girls in developing countries around the world. This organization believes that to end poverty, the best thing to do is to invest time, energy and funding in developing and providing opportunities for adolescent girls.
I Am a Girl
10 girls, 10 stories, 10 voices for change. I Am A Girl is a film project documenting the reality of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century. It follows the stories of ten girls from around the world, hearing about their lives now and what is possible in their future. It tells the inside story of the obstacles girls around the world face day to day and how they overcome these challenges.
Girls Action Foundation
Girls Action provides a space for girls to build skills, speak out and create action on issues that are important and real to them. The organization runs a leadership program which offers long-term investment and support to young women who are change makers in their communities. Programs explore topics related to body image, self esteem, violence, racism and poverty among others.
Of course there are many more worthy of a mention and our support. Feel free to list your favourites in the comments below. Celebrate your brilliance!