Feminism. Ahh, the feeling of empowerment I feel when I say that word doesn’t get old. However, the fight for it certainly has. It has been a hell of a long time and I’m not the only one who thinks so. Celebrities like Lena Dunham, Emma Watson, Shailene Woodley, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and countless others have stood up for and supported the ongoing feminist movement. As a country, we are in a strain when it comes to equality. However, that has led women and men to come together on a much larger scale. More and more people have begun to fight for gender equality, regardless of their gender. (Men can be feminists too!)
Aside from celebs, charities, clothing lines, fashion magazines, online publications, and beauty industries have turned their focus to female empowerment and equality. I don’t know about you, but I think that is fucking bad ass. Feminism has been a series of battles, and recently it seems we are that much closer to winning the war.
SO, let’s continue supporting each other! From local businesses to large companies, and anyone who is fueled to normalize equality on a large scale. How can you get involved, you ask? Easy! Start by supporting one of these female-focused charities. Continue reading in order to learn more about their fight for gender balance.
Founded in 2007 by Ellen Tacoma and Maria van de Heijden, WOW provides business advice to Indian social entrepreneurs. They create and expand employment options for women in rural India. Through connections, they help entrepreneurs employ women in India by marketing their crafts.
Through WOW’s business consultancy, they have begun to grow social enterprises and partners. 182,000 women have been employed in rural areas of India since 2014. The goal: To create 1 million jobs for women by 2018. You can help make that a reality by getting involved or supporting the cause.
“Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 700 civil society organisations from over 90 countries committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfil their potential.”
Every year, over 15 million girls under the age of 18 become targets of arranged marriages. This forces 28 girls every minute to enter adulthood without fully exploring their rights. Opportunities, health and education become the impossible for these child brides. They become isolated, disempowered and deprived of living a normal life. Child brides have a higher risk of complicated pregnancies, contracting HIV/AIDS, and suffering domestic violence.
Help stop this by signing the petition that aims to end child marriage.
“We empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights. We believe that through this mission we can ensure every person—woman, man, girl, and boy — is able to live a life of dignity.”
“Days for Girl is committed to supporting a girl throughout her entire lifecycle, from providing her with a DfG Kit, to teaching her health education, to offering training for her when she grows older, so that she can produce DfG Kits and support hygiene needs in her community.”
Countless women and girls around the world are unable to access sanitary feminine products. This forces them to use leaves, mattress stuffing, newspaper, and rocks instead of tampons and pads. Not only is this unsanitary and uncomfortable, it also damages girl’s education. Due to their cycles, girls without proper sanitary supplies miss up to two months of school every year.
Days for Girls distribute sustainable hygiene kits that have helped women and girls in 75 countries on six continents. This isn’t a one person operation, you too can get involved. Visit their site for more information.
“Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.”
“Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 462,000 marginalized women in countries affected by war and conflict. We serve women in 8 countries offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency.”
“We do international development differently. Our partnership model – working closely with women’s rights organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to deliver change on the ground – is effective, ethical, and sustainable. Since we were founded in 1989 it has transformed the lives of 18 million women and girls, their families and communities.”