"So here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated." - Malala Yousafzai
When women come together, they revolutionise.
On Friday 8th March millions of people around the world will be taking part in events to celebrate International Women’s Day. The day has been acknowledged for well over a century, and marks a focal point in the movement for the rights of women and girls.
The first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this, the UK’s Suffragettes, the Socialist Party of America, and many other groups campaigned for women's equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively, everywhere.
Women's activism has shaped the world around us. Connecting women drives both global and national action on gender equality, influencing policymakers and empowering girls with education, knowledge and the skills to advocate for themselves and their communities. Connecting women boosts awareness of significant female leaders, who then act as role models for the next generation of girls. One UCLA study even suggests that strong female connections help to release more of the 'love hormone' oxytocin in a women's brain, countering stress and producing a calming effect - an effect that doesn't occur in men.
We're proud to partner with organisations that share our belief in connecting women to protect girls, and who represent the power of connecting across cities, countries and continents. From London to Dubai, from Paris to Shanghai, our community stands strong and stands up for girls' rights.
"No girl should grow up in a world without opportunity and choice. This #IWD we join Brides Do Good in connecting women across the world to protect that. #WomenForGirls" LoveSpace (London)
"No girl should grow up in a world without opportunity and choice. This International Women's Day we decided to join Brides Do Good n showing solidarity with every girl in the world, since it is a matter that affects everybody. #WomenforGirls" The Peter Langner team (Italy)
"We wish you all an excellent international women's day, may it resonate each and every day of the year. La Valee Village is proud to stand in solidarity with women around the world. We believe every girl should live in a world of choice and opportunity, no matter where she is born.' The La Valee Village team (France)
"As a friend of Brides Do Good, we are proud to advocate their mission, standing in solidarity with women and girls around the world, promoting every girl's right to choose. This International Womens Day, we join the Brides Do Good team in connecting women across the world to protect that." The Wedding Gallery team (London)
“We are celebrating girls and women around the word. Girls who are campaigning to end child marriage, stop trafficking, fight FGM. Girls fighting inequality, smashing taboos and striving to achieve their goals. Girls who are rebuilding their lives after crisis.” Sarah Carson, Global Campaigns Manager, Plan Internationational UK (London)
What you can do
IWD also reminds us how a small action can have an enormous ripple effect. We live in a world where it is easier than ever to connect with our sisters from far and wide. We’ve written about the devastating effects of conflict on women and girls - and are also collaborating in Women For Women's #MessageToMySister campaign, sending messages of support to women survivors of war - you can read more in our blog.