Making an Impact on the day of the girl
As a company founded by women, run by women, and advocating for women, we can't stay quiet on the International Day of The Girl. This day is for visibility. We want ourselves, and girls everywhere, to be seen as equals, in the eyes of others and in our own eyes. This means breaking into male-dominated fields, thriving in their pursuits, and defying the inequality we are expected to shut up and shoulder. Inequalities like access to education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, and protection from discrimination, violence against women and forced child marriage. For those looking for real ways you can get involved in bringing about change worldwide, or to share information with those who still deny the pressing gender inequalities women and girls face, often most desperately in less fortunate parts of the world, here are some resources and charities worth spending your time on.
The water crisis is real. It’s affecting women, children, families and farmers. Women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa are spending hours a day fetching dirty water which leads to illness and disease, robbing entire communities of their futures. Lack of access to safe water and proper sanitation limits education and food production, it harms health and leads to a cycle of poverty.
Our goal at End Slavery Now is for the public to learn about the issue, connect with organizations, and take action to end slavery. Through this, we are building a community of activists that can come alongside the lawyers, law enforcement and service providers to not just address the victims and consequences of slavery, but to truly end the practice.
Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 1300 civil society organizations from over 100 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential. Members are based throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. We share the conviction that every girl has the right to lead the life that she chooses and that, by ending child marriage, we can achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future for all.
Women for Women International supports the most marginalized women in countries affected by conflict and war. Our programs enable them to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, women are able to create sustainable change for themselves, their family, and community.
Womankind Worldwide is a women’s rights and international development organization making an impact through the power of partnership. Since we were founded just over 25 years ago Womankind has helped 18 million women and their families. Our vision is a fair world where being a woman does not limit choices, opportunities or rights. We work to end violence against women and girls and make sure that women have an equal say in the decisions which affect their lives. Together with our partners we’re tackling the root causes of gender inequality in their countries, and challenging governments and international agencies to protect and promote women’s rights through their policy and campaigns work.
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combating the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.
Population Services International is a nonprofit organization devoted to tackling the greatest health challenges in the developing world. That includes improving family planning and maternal healthcare, HIV and AIDS education and prevention, and targeting diseases that kill children under five (like malaria, pneumonia, and malnutrition).
Shot@Life aims to ensure that children around the world have access to lifesaving vaccines. Through public education, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising, we strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at a healthy life no matter where they live.
Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education. CARE implements gender-synchronized approaches: projects may begin with identifying and addressing the unique barriers that keep girls out of school, while at the same time working with boys and men to help identify and address such barriers. Other projects may engage both girls and boys from inception, to build equitable environments through which all students can learn, thrive and grow.
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) is an international non-profit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Our African-led movement has already supported 3.3 million children to go to school, with nearly 140,000 young women in the CAMFED Alumnae Association (CAMA) leading the charge, multiplying donor investment in girls' education by supporting even more girls to stay in school, and thrive after school.