A woman waves a feminist flag as student protesters shout slogans during a demonstration marking International Women's Day in Barcelona on March 8, 2019.
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A woman waves a feminist flag as student protesters shout slogans during a demonstration marking International Women's Day in Barcelona on March 8, 2019.
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International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate female achievement and also take action. Impact Your World has identified ways you can help a variety of important causes for women everywhere.

Gender equality

This year, the social media hashtag #EachforEqual is the rallying call for gender parity around the globe.

The International Women’s Day 2020 campaign champions the idea that “an equal world is an enabled world.”

According to the World Economic Forum, equality is actually in retreat, and it will take another century for both genders to stand on equal footing.

Pakistani civil society activists carry placards and shout slogans during a rally for women rights on International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2019.
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Pakistani civil society activists carry placards and shout slogans during a rally for women rights on International Women's Day in Islamabad on March 8, 2019.

You can help by supporting these organizations working toward gender equality:

Education

Education is key to unlocking opportunity, but less than 40% of countries around the world provide girls and boys with equal access to education, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCO).

Girls make up more than half of the children not in school, around the world. Two thirds of the 750 million illiterate adults are women.

Here are some of the organizations helping girls get greater access to education:

Child brides

An estimated 15 million girls each year become child brides, destroying girlhoods, killing freedoms and blocking opportunities.

The nonprofit Unchained At Last reports that girls who are married at age 18 or younger are 50% more likely to drop out of school, more likely to earn low wages and are three times more likely to be beaten by their spouses than those who marry as adults.

These organizations are fighting against forcing girls into marriage:

Violence against women

Safety is a paramount concern for women. The World Health Organization estimates about 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical or sexual violence. They also face the threat of being kidnapped. At least 71% of human trafficking victims, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, are women and girls, who are usually sold into marriage or sexual slavery.

You can find a list of anti-trafficking organizations at CNN’s Freedom Project. Here are organizations working to stop violence against women, and help victims who need a way out:

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