On March 8th each year, the world celebrates International Women’s Day.
It’s a moment of reflection on the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, as well as highlighting the deep injustices and inequalities that persist.
This year’s theme for the day is #EmbraceEquity, a call to action that resonates deeply for us.
Luminate’s mission is to ensure that everyone – especially those who are underrepresented – has the information, rights, and power they need to shape society.
Women and girls comprise half of the global population and yet, along with youth, LGBTQIA+ people, and many other groups, they face deeply entrenched barriers to accessing power and fully participating in civic and political life. Changing this requires a fundamental shift in power structures.
In order to effectively embrace equity, we must recognise that every woman and girl has different circumstances and needs, affected by a multitude of factors such as ethnicity, socio-economic background, and sexual identity. Support must be tailored to their unique circumstances.
Many of our partners work daily to achieve this kind of long-term systemic change, and specifically to improve women and girls’ participation in society. Today, we acknowledge and celebrate each and every one of our partners working towards this change. We are sharing the stories of four of them – African Women in Media, Aúna, KRYSS Network, and Unbias the News.
The efforts of these organisations range from supporting women to work effectively in the African media, to run for political office in Mexico, to achieve meaningful internet access in Malaysia, and to create a new kind of journalism that looks more like the audience it serves.
They all aim to ensure that women can thrive and contribute their full potential, and that we all benefit as a result.