Since 1909, people from all around the world have been celebrating International Women’s Day with demonstrations and parades that honor feminist trailblazers and look forward to a future of gender equality.
On March 8, International Women’s Day 2020 will continue this tradition. The theme for this year’s event is I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights, which is all about celebrating change-makers of all ages and genders and discussing how we can tackle the unfinished business of empowering all women and girls worldwide.
International Women’s Day is so much more than just a celebration, though. It’s also an opportunity to get involved in the fight for equality. You can help women around the world by supporting one of these vital organizations.
Where to donate on International Women’s Day
How to donate
- Room to Read: This organization invests in nearly one million children in low-income countries around the world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. It’s also dedicated to helping young women complete secondary school with the skills they need to succeed beyond the classroom.
- StrongMinds: This organization treats depression in women in Africa through intervention and group psychotherapy programs.
- Women on Wings: An organization that partners with businesses to create one million jobs for women living in rural India.
- Global Fund for Women: An organization focused on girls’ and women’s human rights all over the world. They find and fund groups who work with the world’s most marginalized and at-risk women in 175 different countries.
- OutRight: An organization that works at international, regional, and national levels to research, document, defend, and advance human rights for LGBTQ+ people around the world.
- Gavi: An organization that works with countries to address gender-related barriers to immunization programs and make sure all boys and girls have equal access to vaccines.
- Girls Not Brides: Working across 60 countries, this group is fighting to end the practice of child marriage, as well as threats against girls’ rights to health, empowerment, and education.
- The Guerrilla Girls: An anonymous group of feminist, female artists devoted to fighting sexism and racism within the art world.
- Women In Music: A non-profit working to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts.
- Women’s Global Empowerment Fund: A group that promotes small-scale entrepreneurship by extending credit to women who would normally not have access to traditional banking and lending institutions.
- Engender Health: Working across almost 20 countries, this group helps women in the world’s poorest communities with family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS prevention, gender equality, and more.
- Fistula Foundation: An organization that provides high-quality fistula repair surgery in areas with the greatest need for treatment.
- Days for Girls: Improving access to menstrual care and education in communities all across the globe.