We’re kicking off an exciting celebration of women & girls for the month of March! Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day, where people and organizations around the world participate in a special focus on women’s issues, such as:
- Celebrating historical women’s achievements and accomplishments
- Raising awareness about disproportionate burdens women & girls carry
- Galvanizing efforts to increase gender parity, such as with the wage gap or other forms of gender discrimination, for full participation in public life
- Seeking to end violence against women and girls
- Empowering women and girls to leverage their potential as leaders
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a marked impact on women and girls in the communities with which we work. Women have had to stay home while schools were closed, to ensure proper care for their children. In many cases, they’ve lost jobs or significant portions of their income. The situation has been even more dire for single mothers. Globally speaking, there have also been reports of rising domestic violence due to the lockdowns. There is even evidence to suggest that, when push came to shove, women were disproportionately the ones who had to give up their jobs or were more deeply impacted. All this sheds light on how serious and deep gender disparities are.
How We’re Celebrating Women & Girls This Month
Through the month of March, we’ll be doing a special focus on women & girls, especially the role of gender dynamics and how they intersect with child sex trafficking. Join us!
Global Giving’s International Women’s Week
Global Giving is generously hosting A WEEK, from March 8-12, where they’re boosting organizations that help uplift women and girls. They’ll be matching all “SMALL” online donations (up to $50) with a 50% matching fund. Be sure to follow us on social media to catch the reminder to donate to our Global Giving project page (not our Give page here!) between Monday and Friday of next week. It’s a great time to take advantage of an opportunity to have a “small” action make a BIG impact!
Deep Dives on the Blog
Be sure to check out our blog every Thursday for a new post. Throughout March we’ll be taking a look at:
– why child sex trafficking is traditionally considered a “women’s issue”
– moving from an individual to a structural lens to understand gender dynamics in child sex trafficking
– how structural dynamics demonstrate why we need to include boys in prevention programs in order to also uplift women & girls
We’re excited for what this month can bring and we hope you’ll join us!