International Women’s Day – celebrating fearless women
All women are fearless. But fearless comes in many forms.
Fearless as daughters, sisters, mothers, friends, founders, employees, warriors, advocates, leaders, mentors, survivors, and so much more.
For International Women’s Day (IWD) this year, we’re celebrating the diversity of women’s fearlessness and raising money for women and girls in need.
International Women’s Day – how did it all begin?
International Women’s Day began in 1928 with a rally in Sydney’s Domain. It was organised by the Militant Women’s Group of the Communist Party*. When the Women’s Liberation Movement gained momentum across the world in the 1960’s, March 8th became the official day where women rallied for new rights. By 1972, thousands of women rallied in Australia with demands of women’s liberation: equal pay, opportunity in work and education, free childcare, safe contraceptives, and legal abortions.
Because of the women who rallied before us, today in Australia, women have the right to vote, work, study, get bank loans, own homes, and live a life free of violence. We thank the fearless women who fought before us for these liberties.
What we are doing to support women this IWD?
While it’s incredible to celebrate how far we’ve come, it’s important to remember how far we’ve still got to go. Family domestic violence is a major national health and welfare issue in Australia. It kills 1 woman every week to her current or former partner; and 1 in 3 Australian women experience violence since the age of 15. Crisis response services are critical for the safety of women and children at risk.
We’re proudly supporting the Women and Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC) who support women and children impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and social disadvantage.
$5 from every purchase from 7th – 14th March will be donated to WAGEC to help create safe spaces for women and children.
Why we support WAGEC
The women of WAGEC are the epitome of fearless! They’re the women listening, advocating, and supporting women in crisis.
Leah* came to WAGEC in early 2020 after having the courage to leave a string of domestic and family violence situations. After first experiencing severe violence from her partner in Melbourne, Leah made the decision to leave and move her life and two children back to Sydney where she thought she would be safe.
“After leaving my brother’s house, my kids and I stayed for months with old friends. We slept on their couches and living rooms. We moved from house to house before finding a hotel room. I knew it wasn’t a long-term option. After two days I reached out to services and was offered a room at one of WAGEC’s refuges.”
Read her full story here