More than ever today, my timeline is wonderfully filled with messages celebrating brilliant women and highlighting women’s projects and causes. It is International Women’s Day (#IWD2018) so here’s my pick of the top content around.
Fundraising for women’s charities
Richard Herring did his annual ‘Why isn’t there an International Men’s Day?’ response marathon to raise money for Refuge. At one stage during the day, new donations were being every added every ten seconds. The £50k target was hit around lunchtime, and £100,000 by the early evening. The final total is now almost £150k + Gift Aid!
There were lots of fundraising activities on the day. This reproduction of this suffragette poster from 1906 is being sold to support the campaign for a statue of Mary Woolstonecraft.
The Huffington Post ran an article about donating to women’s charities.
Celebrating brilliant women
There are thousands of tweets giving shout-outs to fabulous women. Imandeep Kaur’s thread, showcasing women in her life stood out. Using one tweet per person and a stonking photograph, she explains what the woman has achieved and why they are amazing.
Lots of charities celebrated their women founders and / or the stories of prominent women. For example, see Sue Ryder, The Woodland Trust, Leonard Cheshire, RSPCA, Maggie’s Centres, Battersea Dogs and Cats and British Red Cross.
And there were a number of posts introducing some of the women I admire working in the sector today. See CharityJob’s Sheroes, Kirsty Marrins’ post from last year and Lightful’s 6 phenomenal women leading the way.
Fighting for equality
City, University of London asked why there aren’t more expert women featured on the news with this nifty animation they shared on Twitter sharing research from Professor Lis Howell.
The NY Times admitted that its obituaries have been dominated by white men. They have responded with a series called Overlooked.
UNICEF produced this simple animation calling on a world where every woman and girl feels safe.
It’s worth watching the #FreedomForGirls video produced by Global Goals if you haven’t seen it already.
This interactive timeline of women’s rights and gender equality over the past 100 years from Southbank Centre has been released as part of their WOW festival.
Great coverage for this Women in Sheds Age UK project in Loughborough.
Some charities you wouldn’t particularly expect to have an story for IWD, used the opportunity to share stories about their work. For example Dog’s Trust shared information about their Freedom Project.
And Crisis shared research about the impact of homelessness on women in a short video.
‘Be a role model for the sort of woman you want your children to be’. Wise words in this video from Age UK showing a discussion between Shirley Meredeen and Lynne Ruth Miller.
Grow old disgracefully – I love this from the Campaign to End Loneliness.
What did you spot?
This was just a small fraction of all the tweets, videos, campaigns shared for IWD18. What did you see or produce which particularly stood out? Do share your highlights in the comments.
- UK Fundraising’s #IWD18 round-up
- Lightful’s Twitter Moment packed with loads of examples
- Mandy Johnson made a Twitter Moment of Richard Herring’s International Men’s Day reply tweets.
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