As national movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp continue to permeate the global dialogue, more women, men, and children are looking to make a direct impact. On a day traditionally catered to celebrating present-day and historical achievements of women around the world, this International Women’s Day, we’re urged to look forward and #PressforProgress.
Because it’s time to look to the future. As we celebrate the many empowering, strong, and incredibly intelligent women around us, we also must shift our focus to what we can do today to make a difference for tomorrow—whether that means pushing policies that help close the gender pay gap, pulling women out of poverty through education, or empowering mothers to access proper healthcare—this International Women’s Day, even just spreading awareness is a step in the right direction.
We wanted to highlight a few crowdfunding campaigns and organizations fighting for better opportunities for women. Whether you’d like to start your own fundraiser to support a women’s rights campaign, help fund a woman’s higher education, or simply share their stories on social media to drum up support, we hope you feel inspired and connected to these women around the world.
It’s time to hack that ever-present gender gap in computer science.
This campaign was started by 17-year-old Aditi, whose passion for coding developed despite her pre-existing belief that coding was for boys. “I enrolled in a summer coding camp at Flatiron school where I became aware of the shocking disparity between men and women in the Computer Science industry,” Aditi writes. “This inspired me to start XX Coders as a high school club and become involved with organizations like Girls Who Code.”
WW Coders is devoted to educating young women about technology, engineering, and math. Like all YouCaring fundraisers, all donations will go directly to XX Coders.
Ropafadzo first started her crowdfunding campaign to raise tuition funds for her last year studying mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town. She’s originally from Zimbabwe, where her parents still reside. They were hit with financial troubles in 2016, when her father was diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome. This made saving for her studies difficult. Now, she’s finished her studies and hoping to raise enough to pay off school debts so she can access her grades.
So far, over 45 people have contributed more than $2,300 to Ropafadzo’s goal of raising $10,000 to attain her degree.
There’s no denying that political activism is essential to any democracy. Today, women across the country are participating in an International Women’s Strike in the USA to call for a more equal, socially aware, and diverse world. And who’s to say every woman isn’t entitled to the right to participate?
This fundraiser is raising money to support women offset the costs of lost wages due to participating in the strike on March 8.
And it doesn’t stop in the United States…
Today, women throughout the UK will be walking out of work to participate in a strike for gender justice, economic justice, racial justice, and more—just like in the US.
To help offset the costs of lost wages and other financial repercussions of leaving work on March 8, Women’s Strike Assembly UK has set up a fundraising page for people to donate directly to participants of the strike.
Here’s to celebrating a young woman pursuing her dreams of becoming a musician, and her mother who’s working everyday to make her daughter’s dream a reality.
In the last year, 93 people have come together to raise over $5,500 so that Gracie could accept an offer to move to Interlochen and study music, as she dreamed. Now, her mother is working harder than ever (again) to pay tuition and keep the dream alive.
Making a donation to Gracie’s fundraiser, or sharing your support online, will directly help pay for her tuition in her senior year.
For nine girls living in Pondicherry, India, Maasila Home is their main access to continuous medical care, shelter, food, clothing, and–amazingly–education until the 12th grade. Maasila Home was set up by the NGO OuiCare, and currently costs $2,500 a month to house nine girls. If this fundraiser successfully raises $1,500 per month, Maasila Home can shelter an additional 11 girls and educate them through high school.
Students at UMass have the unique opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to see how a partner organization is working toward providing young women living in poverty with the educations, resources, and support needed to elevate their place in society. Students will learn first-hand the systemic challenges of fighting gender inequality and be able to continue the conversation upon returning home and spread awareness.
Big Changes Start Small—Rally Support this International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day can feel overwhelming, but remember: helping just one woman fight for a better future can have a tremendous butterfly effect. Stories of powerful women and girls are all around us–stories of neighbors, friends, and family who are fighting their own battles and working towards a better future.
If you feel motivated to raise money on behalf of your favorite nonprofit, charity, or someone in need, we have fundraising tips that break down into simple steps the best practices around launching your own crowdfunding campaign. Unlike most other crowdfunding sites, all the money you raise goes directly to you and your beneficiary—we don’t take any of it. So if you haven’t already, start your own free fundraiser on YouCaring today.