March 8th, International Women's Day, celebrates the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women worldwide. Women's Day was first observed in 1909 after about 15,000 women marched for fair wages and voting rights in New York City. The day became known as International Women's Day (IWD) in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.
According to the website, "International Women's Day belongs to all groups collectively, everywhere. This year's message is, "Women want balance," or #BalanceforBetter. With the complete slogan, "Better the balance, better the world."
According to the International Women's Day website, the 2019 initiative is aimed at gender equality, a greater awareness of discrimination and a celebration of women's achievements, The 2019 #BalanceforBetter campaign runs all year long. "It doesn't end on International Women's Day. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and galvanize continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activity reinforced and amplified all year."
Seeking to build a gender-balanced world, this includes reducing the pay gap between men and women globally, making sure all are equal – and balanced – through activist movements, businesses, and society,
International Women's Day is not specific to any country or movement. Events are encouraged to be "all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level," according to the International Women's Day website.
Examples include: a Youth Tech Fest where girls innovate in Amsterdam, international art exhibits to celebrate women artists, and a tea party in Atlanta for female small business owners. You can use the website to find events and activities in your area as well as resources.
Participate this year by donating to charitable causes like those on YouHelp that support women, promote equality, help stop domestic violence, assist homeless female veterans, and end sex trafficking; or participate by supporting businesses owned by women.
Women starting businesses often succeed at crowdfunding. Studies show that women are better at raising funds from large groups of anonymous donors than men. Women are often viewed as more trustworthy, which is particularly important when soliciting crowdfunding from potential individual donors rather than from industries populated with a preponderance of males, such as banking and venture capital.
The YouHelp.com fundraising platform is a women owned business, started by our CEO, Libby Hikind as an off-shoot of GrantWatch to help nonprofits, businesses and individuals raise money when a grant is not available. The website was created as a charitable event – with the hope that the world will tithe and help their neighbor. The beauty of International Women's Day 2019 and YouHelp.com, is that when you contribute to a women-initiated crowdfunding campaign (on YouHelp) all of your donation goes directly to the charitable cause and not to the platform.
YouHelp.com is Better the Balance, Better the World business created for the common good.
About the Author: The author is a staff writer for YouHelp.com