Women’s Organisations – Who, What and How To Get Involved

“The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow” – BILL GATES

‘Instagram is imperatively filled with half-truths and optimizations of life, yet we still use it to gauge our own’, Elite Daily explains in 2014. Before the rise of the ‘Influencer’, #fakenews and social justice warriors, this remark from 4 years ago is alarmingly still relevant today. Mindlessly scrolling, double-tapping and desire to know the goss from the hotshots in Hollywood, our unshakable surrendering to the Instagram Gods has left me wondering – how can I use it for good?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure my cute photos of Nova work wonders on cheering people up in the morning, but I’m constantly left feeling like I could (and should) be doing more. This is why for day two of International Women’s Week here on the blog (you can catch the 9 badass babes that inspire me on the daily here), I’m giving you a rundown of just some of the amazing Instagram accounts dedicated to women/women’s health/period poverty/mental health (you get the point).

This list sure as heck isn’t all of them, but it’s as good a place as any to start. I’ll be including links to their websites as well as any helpful links for crowdfunding/events/donating etc. Think of this as Women’s Organisations: A Beginner’s Guide. 👊🏻👊🏼👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿

BLEEDING ALL OVER YOUR INSTAGRAM

Brought to media attention after news broke of a schoolgirl having to use a sock because her single mother couldn’t afford sanitary items, the topic of #PeriodPoverty brings into question profit over people. Should companies continue to make money selling overpriced (but vital) sanitary supplies and put thousands of girls and women across the globe at risk? OR should they take action and allow them free access to products designed to deal with something that has been shamed into submission? Take a guess as to which one I’d choose…

Bloody Good Period < @bloodygoodperiod >
“We work to end period poverty on the ground by giving these products to those who can’t afford them, and providing long term menstrual education to those less likely to access it.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · MAKE A DONATION (AMAZON)

Bloody Big Brunch < @bloodybigbrunch >
“Some things in life shouldn’t be a luxury – your period is one of them. But imagine you could use one of life’s little luxuries to make sure they weren’t? We’ve traveled the country hosting our own brunch parties that do just that – where the price of your Bloody Mary is always a packet of period products. “

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · UPCOMING EVENTS · HOST A BLOODY BRUNCH

Hey Girls < @heygirlsuk >
“Some things in life shouldn’t be a luxury – your period is one of them. But imagine you could use one of life’s little luxuries to make sure they weren’t? We’ve traveled the country hosting our own brunch parties that do just that – where the price of your Bloody Mary is always a packet of period products. “

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · MAKE A DONATION

The Pink Protest < @pinkprotest >
“The Pink Protest is a community of activists committed to engaging in action and supporting each other. We are the home of the #FreePeriods movement, and exist in various mediums; from regular IRL events, to online video content, to actual real-life protests.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · #AREYOUANACTIVIST?

Free Periods < @freeperiods >
“Together with the Red Box Project and with the support of The Pink Protest#FreePeriods is launching a campaign to shout out about this silent barrier to achieving full equality. Equal access to education is a fundamental human right and no one should miss school because they cannot afford pads and tampons. These products must be provided for free in every school and college.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · PLEDGE TO THEIR CROWDJUSTICE PAGE · DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THEIR #FREEPERIODS POSTERS + FILM

MAKING MENTAL HEALTH (AND WELLBEING) A PRIORITY

“Women have to take the time to focus on our mental health – take time for the self, for the spiritual, without feeling guilty or selfish” – BEYONCÉ

Well if Queen Bey tells you to do something you’ve gotta do it, right? 👯

The Women’s Initiative < @thewomensinitiative >
“The mission of the women’s initiative is to provide women with effective counselling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · MAKE A DONATION

The Women’s Organisation < @thewomensorganisation >
“We believe that when one woman is empowered, we are all empowered; building momentum that will carry us forward towards equality and social success.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THEM

WomanToWoman Project < @womantowomanproject >
“WomanToWoman is built on the fundamental belief that, with enough tenacity and conviction (and, of course, a little serendipity), we can all access the future we dream of. We’re also busy developing communities and safe spaces for like-minded characters to engage in a lively dialogue about what it means to be a woman in today’s world.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · MAKE A DONATION

TAKING A STAND

“From the suffragettes who traipsed across Hyde Park for the 1907 Mud March to the 1977 Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo protests in Argentina and last year’s demonstrations against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, these movement have always acted as a rallying cry for women around the world, promoting solidarity and propelling change” – RADHIKA SETH, VOGUE

WOMEN’S MARCH ON LONDON < @womensmarchlondon >
“The Women’s March on London is a women-led movement that brought together people of all genders, ages, races, cultures, political affirmations and backgrounds on January 21, 2017, to affirm our shared humanity and pronounce our bold message of resistance and self-determination.
Now, as we look to the immediate future, we are devising new initiatives to further demonstrate our shared commitment to this message. Recognising that women have intersecting identities and are therefore impacted by a multitude of social justice and human rights issues.”

VISIT THEIR WEBSITE · MAKE A DONATION · SHOP THE WOMEN’S MERCH



I like scrolling through Instagram, double-tapping away like the best of us but I’m sure we all could (and should) use that time to take steps towards change. This isn’t just about women, take this mentality and apply it to all aspects of our society – race, sexuality, trans rights, the gender pay gap, homelessness – anything.

It’s not all about donations (although they obviously do help), share these organisations, follow their social media accounts, help 🗣️ spread 🗣️ the 🗣️ word – who knows where it might take us?

Now, there’s no ~IWD blog post tomorrow but, keep your eyes peeled over on my Instagram 👀👀 Have a fab day everyone!

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