International Women's Day
What International Women’s Day Means To Me
By Kirsten Kelleher
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality and we are asking you to participate in this milestone activity for The Women’s Centre of Halton.
Marked annually on International Women’s Day (IWD) is one of the most important days of the year to:
- Celebrate women’s achievements
- Raise awareness about women’s equality
- Lobby for accelerated gender parity · Donate to female-focused charities
This International Women’s Day, donations can be made to TWCH via Canada Helps. We would also encourage you to help us support women in our community and become a monthly donor. Becoming a monthly donor is a great way to show your dedication to our cause and provide consistent funding support for our activities. In addition, and as added incentive, for the entire month of March, CanadaHelps will make a one-time extra $20 donation for every new monthly gift of $20 or more made to your charity using CanadaHelps.
Other ways to help you celebrate the women in your life, support gender equality and break the bias this International Women’s Day include fundraising in your workplace! Here are a few fun ways to you and your colleagues can fundraise:
1. Bust Boredom with a Board Game Tournament
Cost-effective, easy, and simple, this is a surefire way to raise funds. Board games have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, and there’s a flavor for every appetite. Choose your games, and then have colleagues register. They’ll get their friends, family, and others to donate on their behalf. Let the games begin!
2. Conduct a Cook-Off or Bake-Off
The heat is on! A chili cookoff is an excellent workplace fundraiser because it is so inclusive. There are vegetarian options, vegan options, meat lover options. There’s spicy, smoky, savory, and even sweet varieties (did you know some people put chocolate in their chili? It’s wild and crazy… and maybe award-winning!). Whether you do donate-to-enter or donate-to-eat, you can dish out some great gifts for your charity.
Don’t like chili? Have a bake-off, grill-off, tofu-off… whatever will fly with your coworkers.
3. Go Casual on International Women’s Day – Wear a purple shirt!
One of the first things that people do when they get home from work is to kick off their shoes, rip off their suits and ties, and get comfy. Now imagine if they could just put on those soft blue jeans and PURPLE hoodies for work? Why not give folks the chance to ditch the dress code in return for a donation? It’s easy – and super effective. Plus, you can do it every week/month.
4. Create a Jargon Jar
You know the old swear jar? Well, we hope your coworkers don’t have potty mouths. But you can still use the jar: every time you catch someone saying, “Let’s put a pin on that,” “We’ll take this offline,” “Hit the ground running,” “We’ll circle back to that,” or “I need to touch base with you,” have them pop a donation in. You may cut down on office jargon. More likely, you’ll fill up the jar.
5. Give an Hour
One of the easiest fundraising ideas for the office is to ask people to donate one hour’s pay to TWCH. It’s just an hour, and you can work with HR so it’s taken from their checks seamlessly. Donation with zero hassle.
6. Love It and Leave It
Raffle off a day of leave (paid, of course) for your team. The more tickets they buy, the better the odds of earning a relaxing day off.
With your support, the Centre is able to provide the much needed programs and services to women in Halton, such as; Peer support ,Counselling , Workshops/Clinics, Settlement Services, Career Development Wardrobe, Technology Lending Library, and providing hygiene products to women in need.
Loneliness, social isolation, and depression are on the rise in Canada due to Covid. Young women and people who are not in a couple report the highest level of loneliness. In 2021, we received 1300 calls on our peer support line from women in the community needing support, resources or simply someone to talk to. We currently have 50 kind and caring peer support volunteers who donate their time taking calls from women in the community who need support, encouragement, or simply someone to talk to.
“I feel like The Women’s Centre is my only family. The women at the Centre are like my sisters”
We are deeply thankful and appreciative of your ongoing support and kindness.
Help us meet our International Women’s Day campaign goal of $3,822.
Together, your support helps us run valuable services to empower women.
Thank you for your support!
By being a part of our International Women’s Day campaign, you can help us bring safety, warmth and joy to women and children in our community who have experienced abuse and violence. This campaign would not have been possible without the support of our local community in Halton, Ontario.