As International Women’s Day fast approaches, we offer a guide to how you can support women’s rights, contribute to prevent gender-based violence, and advocate for the safety and economic independence for women and girls. Do your part in empowering them to gain the same opportunities.
Champion this year’s International Women’s Day theme, #EachForEqual, by supporting campaigns, networks, and organisations dedicated to equal rights and opportunities for all people. Whether that means challenging your own biases, inspiring discussions and debate, or donating to causes, #EachForEqual reminds us that individual agency is powerful and urges us to overturn prejudice embedded in our institutions and nations worldwide.
The Garden of Hope Foundation (Taiwan)
Established in 1988, this award-winning non-governmental, non-profit group operates a total of 20 shelters in Taiwan that help children, women, and families overcome the cycles of sexual abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. The foundation provides halfway houses that provide survivors with the necessary housing, counselling and emotional support, employment training, social work and legal aid they need to become financially independent, whilst also running international campaigns to advocate legal and policy reforms. Give your support here.
Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation (Vietnam)
To date, Blue Dragon has impacted over half a million Vietnamese children and families with their work. Officially established in 2003, the organisation focuses its efforts on empowering kids affected by homelessness, drugs, disabilities, child slavery, forced marriages and sex trafficking. Their team also provides shelter, food, and long-term training, as well as enacting systemic change with legal advocacy and policy development. You can provide the essentials for Vietnamese children here.
Domestic Violence and Crisis Service (Australia)
DVCS is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that specialises in immediate crisis support and long-term services for those affected by domestic and family violence. With safety planning, legal support, and on-site help for people from all walks of life, DVCS’s services seek to break the cycle of abuse and link people to the support they need. Get involved here.
Pratthanadee Foundation (Thailand)
Formed in 2000 to provide free training for women and girls in Thailand, Pratthanadee is an award-winning local charity with two main initiatives: ‘Better Me,’ which offers women and girls sustainable development training, mentoring sessions, skill workshops, and ‘Confidence to Stop Violence,’ a comprehensive service committed to providing legal guides and resources to any individual facing sexual harassment, abuse, and domestic violence. Find out more about them here.
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HOME: Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (Singapore)
Founded in 2004, H.O.M.E is a Singaporean charity that provides migrant workers who find themselves as victims of abuse and exploitation with immediate crisis prevention and long-term vocational training. Working alongside corporations, government agencies and community partners to promote inclusion, justice, equality and dignity for all, H.O.M.E aims to promote the voices of the migrant community through regular outreach and public education projects. Support them here.
Japan Association for Refugees (Japan)
The consequence of wars and human rights violations, the global refugee crisis is an issue that the Japan Association for Refugees aims to raise awareness of and create actionable plans for. By providing the crucial assistance needed immediately after a refugee’s arrival, this team of refugee protection experts works in three main areas: legal aid, providing basic necessities and medical care, and helping refugees attain economic independence. Help further their cause here.
The Women’s Foundation (Hong Kong)
The Women’s Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong. With programs centred around empowering teens, providing STEM career advice, and hosting financial literacy workshops and boardroom training, their initiatives build a pipeline for women and girls to advance into leadership roles within both the workplace and in politics. Pledge your support to gender diversity here or join the initiatives raising awareness amongst business leaders and executives here: Male Allies Network, the Mentoring Programme for Women Leaders, and the 30% Club.
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