#BalanceforBetter – volunteering opportunities

The International Women’s Day 2019 campaign isn’t just for one day. #BalanceforBetter runs all year long. Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive, so we’ve picked some amazing organisations that you can volunteer with to support women and girls.

Women For Refugee Women – First and foremost, this charity confront the difficulties faced by many refugee women who have sought safety in the UK after fleeing their home countries in order to escape war or persecution. Their network of support by way of English lessons and building women’s confidence and skills, helps to counter refugee women’s feelings of isolation when seeking asylum, and subsequently develops a clearer pathway for them to build their lives here in the UK. Read about how you can help here.

Savera UK – Committed to tackling domestic abuse within Black Minority Ethnic communities, Savera UK works to provide protection for women at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, FGM and forced marriages. Their focus also spreads to raising awareness amongst teachers and other professionals who are often in close contact with BME women who could potentially be at risk of these practices. Find out more about volunteering opportunities here.

FPA – This long-standing sexual health charity are dedicated to supporting women’s human right to sexual and reproductive health and well-being. By delivering relationship and sex education directly into the community, they provide invaluable information for young girls on contraception, sexually transmitted infections and teenage pregnancy. Why not volunteer to join them in their fight to prevent further cuts to sexual health and contraception services – follow them on twitter to get started.

Young Women’s Trust – This charity offers crucial support to young women between the ages of 16 to 30, who due to low or no pay, are fighting to stay afloat often in conditions of poverty. Young women’s trust aims to tackle women being trapped in poverty head on by providing services such as career coaching, and CV feedback from professionals to boost women’s confidence and improve their job prospects. The Trust also campaigns to throw the spotlight on the need to close the existing gender pay gap in order to enable a fairer financial future for young women. Find out how you can make a difference and volunteer with Young Women’s Trust here.