International Women’s Day 2018
For more than a century men and women round the globe have been celebrating International Women’s Day. Dating back to 1909, the day focuses on remembering the achievements and contributions women have made to society, and commemorating those who have fought and those who are still fighting for gender equality. With mainstream campaigns like Times Up and Period Poverty bringing to light the gender disparity so many women still face, there’s a strong sense of feminist solidarity and a global consensus that action must be taken. This year the theme is #PressforProgress and the organisation is calling for everyone to unite to collectively fight against inequality.
But how can you get involved and continue to support the campaign after March 8th? Women’s charities play an integral role in the grass roots of the movement, encouraging, supporting and fighting for women who are yet to find their voice. Volunteering is one way to contribute and help champion change – and many Hackney organisations are searching for volunteers like you to give a few hours of your time each month or week.
Feeling inspired? To mark the occasion we’ve rounded up just some of London’s most inspiring charities who are helping women in Hackney, and need your help to make a change.
- Shoreditch Trust believes that everyone has the right to live a happy and fulfilling life, and through educational programmes bring women together to support each other and help them realise their full potential. They’re currently looking for a Bump Buddy Programme Administrator and Community REACH Champions.
- MEWSo supports Middle Eastern and North African women refugees or asylum seekers who have experienced or are experiencing gender discrimination, domestic violence, honour-related violence, war, forced and child marriage, FGM, and trauma. Offering advice and guidance through workshops, they aim to empower and support women in the local community. The organisation is currently looking for volunteer counsellors who speak Arabic, Dari, Turkish or Kurdish.
- Ourmala works closely with female refugees and asylum seekers who have recently settled in London. With a focus on yoga practice, the charity provides a safe space for the women to escape and meditate. They are currently looking for female English Teachers to help with its programme.
- Girlguiding is an iconic worldwide institution that need no introduction. With a focus on the arts, activities and adventures they inspire and open young girls minds – teaching them that they can be whoever they want to be. Want to help shape the future generation? Volunteer to be a leader today!
- IMECE Women’s Centre aims to empower Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) women, particularly Turkish, Kurdish and Turkish Cypriot women, to help them improve the quality of their lives. Offering non-judgemental support and counselling, IMECE helps represent women’s interests in their local community.
Want to find more volunteer roles? Take a look at other volunteering roles available here.