International Women's Day is celebrated around the world on 8 March.
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International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated around the world on 8 March, which this year has extra resonance with the growing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

The 2018 theme “Leave no woman behind” aims to shine the spotlight on the vital role that women play in humanitarian and disaster planning and response.

“When crisis occurs, people’s lives change in an instant. Death, injury, displacement, and the destruction left behind impacts entire communities. Women and girls are affected differently by disasters than men and boys. Disasters kill more women than men, and hit women’s livelihoods hardest.”

How will your support make a difference this IWD?

This International Women’s Day you can support women and girls across the globe by gifting a donation, which will help in a number of ways including:

  • Delivering training to first responders, to ensure the needs of women and girls are considered in crisis response
  • Providing safe spaces for women and girls to access counselling, health care, emergency supplies and a place to connect and share their experiences with others
  • Offering jobs programs coupled with vocational training, so that women can contribute to recovery and rebuilding efforts, and earn an income to support themselves and their families
  • Distributing dignity kits, to ensure women and girls have the basics in the wake of disasters, including necessities like soap and sanitary pads
  • Providing solar lanterns to bring light to women and girls following natural disasters helping reduce the risk of gender-based violence
  • Ensuring women have a seat around decision-making tables to guide how emergency services are delivered and information is distributed in the lead up to and in times of crisis or disaster


The Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia

A leading voice for the advancement of girls’ education, the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia contributes to the development and promotion of education in Australasia and the empowerment of young women “to reach their potential and become influential contributors to our complex and changing world.”

Held between 5-7 May, its “Fearless Girls. Strong Women” biennial educators conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre will include keynotes from academic, business and community leaders, session presentations and interactive discussions and debates on critical issues affecting educators and girls.

Learn more about the event here.


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