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One of the best ways to support girl-power movements and advocate for change, is to accelerate the growth of the women already putting their ventures in motion. By empowering women to lead, they can continue to sustain their own businesses, find financial independence, and take ownership for what’s theirs. Studies have shown that on average, women reinvest 80 percent of their income into the well-being of their children, meaning any investment often has ripple effects for future generations.
With all the different ways to engage, sometimes the most direct way to spark change is to contribute financially. Do some research on the companies whose mission statements most align with the issues closest to your heart, and start a monthly giving plan - you don’t have to wait until the last day of December to give!
There are so many amazing organisations, such as Malala Fund, Girls Inc, UN Women, Girls 20, Women for Women International, She's The First, and even your local Girl Scouts chapter that you can support. Dig deep into their work and look into the charity’s transparency and effectiveness with Charity Navigator, which also provides its own list of four-star charities (the highest rating possible). You can also donate to specific projects and causes via the crowdfunding platform Global Giving, sorting for women and girls’ projects.
Use your voice! Take it to social media and engage on the many movements supporting women. Remember, no platform is too small and no topic is irrelevant. Some of the big movements online are:
On International Women’s Day (March 8), Twitter launched #SheInspiresMe. The initiative’s goal is to create a culture of women supporting women, and to lift and empower female voices.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg gave a TED Talk and wrote an eye-opening book about how women can feel held back in the workplace. Her book drove a national conversation on how women can take charge of their careers by “leaning in” and and encouraged countless women to not be afraid of speaking their truth.
What started as recognition of Hollywood’s systemic sexual harassment problem grew into a global movement showing the magnitude of sexual abuse for women from all walks of life. Twelve million people posted to Facebook using the hashtag in the first 24 hours after the hashtag became viral, and it’s been adopted globally in countries like Israel, India, France and Italy.
The movement ultimately lead to more than 300 women in Hollywood creating the Time’s Up Initiative, which aims to help fight sexual violence and harassment in the workplace through lobbying and providing funding for victims to get legal help if they can’t afford it.
Reminiscent of the 1912 Bread & Roses protests which revolutionised workers’ rights for women, Women’s March London will galvanise thousands for a Bread & Roses rally against Austerity in the United Kingdom.
The Bread & Roses January 19th rally will replicate the defiance and celebration of previous marches and rallies by Women’s March London, which led to thousands of people taking to the streets of central London. It will see people from diverse communities, faiths, sex, race, political affiliations and backgrounds stand up and show up to speak with one voice #WeAreChange.
WHERE: Portland Place, London
WHEN: January 19th, 12pm