International Women's Day
Posted on March 12 2020
March 8: International Women’s Day!
March 8, 2020 was International Women's Day and we wanted to reflect on why women (and men) across the world participated. We also wanted to give moms some helpful tips on how to help their daughters become successful in areas that might generally be considered as male-dominated. These girl-specific programs are meant to open up a lot of opportunities for girls.
Why was this day established? To celebrate all the great accomplishments women have achieved throughout history, to advance equality and to stand up for women’s rights. Every year, there are more organizations and programs that go above and beyond to help women in various parts of the world.
Here are some organizations doing their part to make a difference for gender equality in the local community. Read more to see how you can participate.
Sakeenah Homes has been a big advocate for women's rights, with their services dedicated to provide the basic rights of safety for women and children who are in abusive relationships. Consider donating to or volunteering for them to help give other women and children an opportunity for success.
Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology by teaching girls computer science, bravery, and sisterhood. Their free programming is available in Canada and you can contact them if you want to start your own club.
For girls interested in politics and actively making change in their communities, the TPP is an initiative pairs young women up with Toronto city councillors for six months in order to learn about policy making, council meetings, media interviews, and much more. It gives girls the opportunity to engage in local politics while providing them with the proper connections for the future if they want to pursue similar careers. It opens many doors for young females who are looking to make change in the places around them.
Compared to the amount of men who work in STEM related fields, the amount of women is still significantly lower. The Ladies Learning Code program is looking to actively change that by learning about technology in a different way. As well as learning how to code, women and girls are also taught how to use and create technology using hands-on, collaborative techniques. And for women who already know how to code and want to help make a difference and their community, the LLC is accepting volunteers to teach and help engage young girls in technology related fields.
It’s important to encourage girls to play sports, especially when there’s a slight stigma against it, whether it’s actively engaging in sports as a hobby or wanting to pursue it as a profession. CAAWS was founded to inspire girls and women of all levels to get more involved with sports. They also work on making funds and facilities available for sports in different recreational programs in the community, in both the public and private sector. They have been actively serving the community since 1981, and ensuring that every female has a chance to play sports no matter her age or financial status.
The Mandate of Women’s Health in Women’s Hands (WHIWH) Community Health Centre is to provide primary healthcare to racialized women from the African, Black, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities in Toronto and surrounding municipalities. We are committed to working from an inclusive feminist, pro-choice, anti-racist, anti-oppression, and multilingual participatory framework in addressing the issue of access to healthcare for our mandated priority populations encompassing age, gender, gender identity, race, class, violence, sexual orientation, religion, culture, language, disability, immigration status and socio-economic circumstances.
There are hundreds of different organizations, programs, and initiatives to help and support women as well as promote gender equality. The question is: what are you doing to actively be part of the solution?