Organisations to Support this International Women’s Day
This year’s International Women’s Day theme is Press for Progress. With strong momentum striving for gender parity, this theme is fitting. By raising awareness for gender parity (which, according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report is over 200 years away), we can move forward and make progress. By supporting the wonderful not-for-profits below, you can be assured that you are playing your part in the economic empowerment of women around the world.
This wonderful not-for-profit empowers women to achieve economic independence through their styling and career development programs. By working with women who are reentering the workforce, Dress for Success Sydney is providing them with the confidence and resources they need to secure a role. Their Empower Hour campaign is aiming to raise enough funds to take 450 women from welfare to work. To help them achieve this, they are asking you to donate one hour of your pay on International Women’s Day. A donation of $150 can dress and style a woman for an interview or employment, with $50 providing mock interviews and resume consultation.
To donate an hour of your salary, head to http://www.empowerhour.org.au.
Two Good is a social enterprise with a ‘buy one, give one’ model, with their vision being that no person in a refuge feels unworthy of love.
“One of the most debilitating things about domestic violence is that it strips someone of their self-worth. We made a commitment to do the absolute most we could to show the women that we believe they are worthy.” – Two Good Founders, Rob Caslick and Cathal Flaherty.
Although they have a wide range of food and lifestyle products, you can’t go past their salon quality care packs, which include a 250ml Shampoo, Conditioner, Moisturiser and Body Wash. These are paraben and sulphate free, with the bottles made from 100% recycled plastics.
Provide a Two Good Care Pack to a woman going through hard times here: http://www.twogood.com.au/sydney-1/donate-a-two-good-care-pack
A Cambodian organisation very close to my heart, I have seen first-hand the positive impact that their sewing program has on the lives. This International Women’s Day, Human and Hope Association is aiming to raise enough funds to sponsor their sewing student, Pheary.
When Pheary’s mother was pregnant, Pheary’s father suddenly passed away. She was raised in a single-parent family and lived with her mother, grandmother and six siblings. Although her mother tried her best to support this large family, it wasn’t enough. Pheary was forced to drop out of primary school and took up employment as a cook and then a golf caddy. At the age of 22, Pheary married a man in her village, and they had a son.
Late last year, Pheary’s friend, a sewing graduate of Human and Hope Association, told her about the sewing program. Pheary was eager to learn a skill so she could support her family, and unlike many other women Human and Hope Association comes across, her husband agreed to let her study.
Pheary settled into the beginner sewing class, and three months into the course she took out a sewing machine microfinance loan. On the first day of using her sewing machine, she earnt $2.50 from making a curtain for her neighbour, which was double what she earnt working in her previous job.
“In the past, I became angry with my husband very easily and didn’t respect him. Thanks to the life skills lessons in sewing class, I know how to control myself and we are now living happier and get along with each other much better than before.”
Pheary recently graduated from our beginner sewing class and is about to begin studying in our advanced class. It costs $90 to provide Pheary with sewing training, life skills classes, farming training and stipends for a month. Your investment will ensure she has the knowledge, confidence and skills to break the cycle of poverty. It will create a stable and bright future for her family.
Sponsor Pheary here: https://www.humanandhopeassociation.org/donate/