It’s the 8th of March, aka International Women’s Day! The theme of this year’s IWD is “Press for Progress”, which encourages everyone to challenge gender stereotypes and bias and maintain a gender parity mindset.
Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.
It seems like the gender equality movement has gone from strength to strength since last year’s IWD, with the #MeToo campaign, the Women’s March and the #FreePeriods campaign all highlighting the importance of the continued fight for parity.
Although this latest feminist ‘wave’ has been slowly building over the past few years, the brave and shocking disclosures coming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal seem to have acted as a catalyst for the fight which was already brewing inside of us all.
The Time’s Up campaign has shown that women are fed up of being sidelined, discriminated against and harassed – we will not remain silent any longer. This movement isn’t only confined to gender because, after all, women aren’t a homogeneous group. We are a diverse bunch with diverse needs, which is why we need to ensure that intersectionality always plays a part in our fight for equality.
It’s an exciting time to be alive, but it’s an even more exciting time to be a woman. It’s been almost three years since we started A Bloody Good Cause and our passion for our part in this fight only grows by the day.
This International Women’s Day, we will be launching our eighth campaign in support of four fantastic organisations! We will be working with:
- Safer Places, Harlow
- Colchester and Tendring Women’s Refuge, Essex
- SMART Prebend Centre, Bedford
- The Red Box Project, Stoke Newington
These organisations provide invaluable support to women and girls in their local communities, some of whom are homeless, escaping domestic/sexual abuse or just trying to make it through the school day without worrying about access to sanitary products.
Over the next two weeks, we will be sharing more information about each one of these organisations so you can gain more insight into the services they provide and the kind of women they help.
In the meantime, we would love it if you could donate and spread the word to your friends and family. As always, you can donate online (following the links on our donation page) or get in touch to find out how to donate personally.
The University of Hertfordshire have also kindly offered to place donation boxes at the main receptions of each of their campus buildings. You can donate here for the entire month of March but this campaign runs until the end of April, so there’s plenty of time to make your contribution.
Keep your eyes peeled for more updates as the campaign progresses!
Thanks for reading,