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Charities to Keep in Mind During Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, it is crucial to give back, for the steps that we’ve been able to make within our rights, to help those who are still striving and to continue the work upon the hard path that is still set before us.

Here are four charities worth taking some time to get to know, donate to or learn about how to even begin work as an advocate within these charities. Don’t think that these four are it though, have fun and do some research towards your future ladies!

1. Planned Parenthood

Now here’s the deal. What many people see when they see Planned Parenthood is ‘abortion’ and while they do provide education and options for it, that is not the only thing that they stand for. Planned Parenthood stands as advocacy that wants to help raise community awareness to women’s health- something that is rather ignored in society still to this day!

The reproductive healthcare of women is blatantly ignored in many aspects of health care, but Planned Parenthood states that they “[are] proud of its vital role in providing people across the lifespan with sex education in classrooms, communities and online to help promote sexual health and wellness. Planned Parenthood provides educational programs and outreach to 1.2 million people every year, and millions more online through digital sex education programs.”

In light of the recent attempts to repeal key political movements in women’s advocacy such as Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood is at an all-time high with their need for donations. Learn more about how Planned Parenthood fights for the rights of women here.

Donate to Planned Parenthood here.


Women protesting in the Women\'s March on Washington
Vlad Tchompalov, via Unsplash

2. UltraViolet

Among the charities with women in mind, UltraViolet is a highly empowering group whose mission is stated as “a national advocacy organization that drives feminist cultural and political change. Through people’s power and strategic advocacy, we work to improve the lives of women of all identities and backgrounds by disrupting patriarchy and creating a cost for sexism.” They focus on many main points of feminist arguments within the current Third Wave of feminism: violence, reproductive rights, healthcare, immigrants’ rights and much more.

Together they strive to build a community based on intersectionality, understanding and acceptance to fight for the rights of women, LGBTQ+ people and People of Color. In working for their advocacy for the women’s rights they have used their power to influence media, journalists and many high-power figures to turn towards recognition of the hardships of women such as violence and sexual assault. To learn more about UltraViolet such as their influence in the Harvey Weinstein trials click here.

Donate to UltraViolet here.

3. Helen Keller Intl. 

Much as we’ve said before, there is an enormous amount of trials women must go through. Health care is one of the top methods which is used against women to keep them from striving to the top. The Helen Keller Intl. organization has a deep-rooted focus in health care and provides access to women and girls around the world to eye care.

As they state: “Right now, 36 million people worldwide — most of them in developing countries — are blind. 80 percent of them didn’t have to lose their sight. Helen Keller International is dedicated to combating the causes and consequences of vision loss and making clear vision a reality for those most vulnerable to disease and who lack access to quality eye care.”

Women and children from developing countries are not only given eye care but are checked and helped with diabetes, cataracts and other special needs. To learn more about the Helen Keller Intl click here.

Donate to the Helen Keller Intl. here.


Crowd of women, one holding a sign that says "the future is female"
Via Lindsey LaMont on Unsplash

4. Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is an amazing group of people, and from their name, it is rather obvious what their mission is: ending the child brides and child weddings that is harming young girls and holding them back.

By bringing the issue of child marriage into global attention, GNB works with governments to enact laws against the practice and to enact strict policies and programs to end it. They understand that to end child marriages they must get down into the communities and engage with what they see. GNB states in their mission statement: “Specifically, Girls Not Brides aims to:

  • Raise awareness of the harmful impact of child marriage by encouraging open, inclusive and informed discussion at the community, local, national and international level;
  • Facilitate learning and coordination between organizations working to end child marriage;
  • Mobilize all necessary policy, financial and other support to end child marriage.
  • We will be more effective in achieving our objectives by working together than by working alone.”

To learn more about Girls Not Brides click here.

Donate to Girls Not Brides’ many options here.

 

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Hello! My name is Cali Robins, I am studying English with a focus on Literature and its connections with culture and our current media, at Florida State University with a minor in Anthropology. My goal at HerCampus FSU is to provide readers with an unbiased reading of the news and to highlight some of my own interests in hopes that my readers will get a taste of my authentic voice.
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