Action for Gender Equality
Our second edition is all about taking up the call to accelerate gender equality this International Women's Day.
Hey humans 👋 Happy International Women’s Day!
As IWD is all about celebrating achievements by women and taking action toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world - this edition of our newsletter will be doing just that.
Keep reading to find a bunch of ideas and events that can make a positive difference for women, and an interview with Manal al-Sharif - a champion for women’s rights and founder of the Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia.
We also share a few ways that we can be supporting those who have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine, and the recent floods. If you have any additional suggestions, don’t hesitate to submit these and we’ll include them next time!
Small actions, big impact
These are just a few of our favourite ways to empower and celebrate women on IWD, and all year round:
🥘 Order this catering, pre-packaged meal or cookbook
📈 Achieve a gender-diverse tech team and break the bias
🛋️ Rescue furniture for families who need a helping hand
💸 Lend or donate funds to back female entrepreneurs
📣 Share your story of gender-based violence, to change the story
📖 Introduce young readers to real-life adventures of trailblazing women, or a tale about a young girl who enters a robot building competition
🎁 Gift an item from Mettle, Made by Many Hands, or The Beautiful Bunch
👩🏽💻 Mentor the next generation of professional women
💬 Spark conversations about consent across Australian schools
To take action for Ukraine 🇺🇦 and those affected by the recent floods:
👷 Design digital solutions for local and international NGOs
🔎 Find ways to support the people of Ukraine via this list, or this list
🏘️ Book an Airbnb in Ukraine (info here), or help to house refugees
🛍️ Support regional businesses by purchasing their products
💛 Donate an item to a flood victim, or lend a hand as a volunteer
Humans doing good things
From radicalism, to launching a movement for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, to Sydney-sider passionate about ending discrimination based on gender: meet Mia (Manal Al-Sharif).
“International pressure from women around the world made Women2Drive into a success story. It wasn’t one person, but people coming together.
I always say that the fight for women’s rights anywhere in the world contributes to women’s rights everywhere in the world. Saudi women fighting for the right to drive and be acknowledged as adults before the law is completely different than a fight against domestic violence for women in Australia. But there’s a sense of solidarity for being discriminated against, targeted or prevented from doing something because of your gender.
There’s beauty in women realising that whether you are Saudi, Australia, Indian, American, or from elsewhere - we are always in this together. Rather than comparing, or pitying those who don’t have the same experience as you, celebrate when women win rights. There’s a shared feeling and connection there.”
What’s coming up?
Keep an eye out for the following events & opportunities:
Now - 13 March: Transition Film Festival (online) - documentaries about social innovations, revolutionary ideas and trailblazing change-makers
9 March: Breaking the Bias with Donna Adams (Hob)
11 March: Championing Women of Colour (Melbs)
11 March: Female Founder Pitch Night at Fishburners (Syd/online)
18 March: She Starts Out applications close - a program for social entrepreneurs who identify as LGBTQ women or non-binary people
19 March: One Step: Advocacy & Allyship in Action (Syd) - hear from organisations working to support asylum seekers in our community
25 March: Changing Climate: International Women's Day 2022 for First Nations Women (online - all welcome) - connect with and be inspired by Indigenous women from across the country
29 March - 1 April: Impact Investment Summit (Syd) - connect with people looking to shift capital as a force for good
More events for International Women’s Day here, here and here 💁♀️
Jobs we love
Work with purpose in the below roles:
💪 Marketing Manager with Chuffed (remote)
💚 Online Community Builder with Greener (Syd)
🌎 Finance & Operations Manager with Global Voices (Melbs)
🤝 Partnerships Manager with B1G1 (remote)
💰 HR Coordinator with Future Super (remote/Syd)
🍊 Vending Machine Attendant with For Purpose Co. (Syd)
🍇 Grocery Cafe Supervisor with CERES (Melbs)
🍲 Cafe Chef with Wayside Chapel (Syd)
😊 Hub Manager with SisterWorks (Melbs)
🏫 Head of Programs & School Coordinator with Project Rockit (Melbs)
🍎 Customer Experience & Sales Rep with Humanitix (Syd)
Pay it forward
Offers of support from the community, for the community:
And a few asks:
ReLove is in search of people power to help them move families in need into homes. They’re particularly looking for a volunteer to drive a small truck (they would need a car license, be able to lift furniture, and be a compassionate person). For more details, email email@example.com
Chocolate On Purpose has launched a crowdfunding campaign to automate and increase their production. Fiona and the team are on a mission to share Indigenous culture, shine a light on the way forward in the reconciliation journey, and more. Check it out here!
Compassion Creamery is looking for help with food retail (how to get a product onto and off supermarket shelves), food service (anyone interested in supplying oat crème cheese), and finding a commercial food production space in Sydney. If you’re able to assist, make sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Food for thought
“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change…I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” — Angela Davis, American political activist
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights." — Gloria Steinem, feminist and activist
“You don’t need power to take action. Your action will give you the power.” — Catia Davim, founder of Social Good Summit
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