Help us make 2021 the year of change
We’re facing an emergency. Inequality is growing all over the world.
Women play a leading role during crises – in our families, communities and workplaces. They are also the hardest hit by both COVID-19 and the climate crisis. Yet women are still largely absent from decision-making roles.
We’re only hearing half the story.
There’s an opportunity for change – but we need to act urgently. Join us in demanding more women in power now.
We demand more women leaders
For too long, we’ve only been told half the story. The story of men, and not women.
For too long, women have asked. And while some things have changed, the world is still telling half the story.
So now we demand. We become the global champion for more women in leadership, in all their diversity.
What’s happening this year?
This year, despite the pandemic, #March4Women is still marching for gender equality – in a different way. Join us for an online day of action on Sunday 7th March.
We’re going to come together to take over social media on Sunday 7th March with our #StopTellingHalfTheStory selfies. Please join in with all our brilliant supporters and activists, artists and allies as we say #StopTellingHalfTheStory and demand more women in power.
All you will need is a phone and the Instagram app. Getting involved will be fast, fun, and inspirational – putting a smile on your face and the power in your hands! Follow us on Instagram @careintuk and watch this space.
Is there an event?
Yes! You can enjoy a fantastic online event at 12 noon on Sunday 7th March hosted by our friends at Stylist. Tickets are free and will be available soon – so we hope you will join us for the unique #March4Women mix of inspirational speeches, music, poetry, and an awesome panel discussion led by women activists from the UK and around the world.
Why do we still need to #March4Women?
Right now, the world is in crisis. And now is the time to stop telling half the story. It’s time to tell the story of women and girls speaking up about justice, about equality, about climate, about COVID. It’s time to raise your voice with women around the world and demand a say in the decisions that matter.
Join us in telling the world you want the whole story. Join us to demand more women in leadership and more women in power.
Please sign up here if you’d like to get involved. The march must go on!
What are we calling for?
This year, the UK hosts the G7 summit and the COP26 climate summit, while the world plans its recovery from COVID-19 and its response to the urgent climate crisis. We believe the UK in 2021 must be a global champion for diverse women’s voice and leadership at the G7, at COP26, and demonstrated through UK Aid. We want the UK government to:
- Increase support through UK Aid for women’s leadership and rights, including women’s rights organisations responding to crises
- Ensure diverse women’s leadership and priorities shape the G7 agenda on recovery from COVID-19
- Make gender justice and women’s leadership central to the COP26 agenda.
Read more in our policy briefing on the CARE Insights website.
Will you help get your MP to commit to supporting women’s leadership?
Use our quick and simple form to ask your MP to get behind the #StopTellingHalfTheStory campaign and publicly show their support for women leaders. Email your MP now.
What is #March4Women?
CARE International’s #March4Women is a global movement for gender equality; a celebration of the power and the potential of women and girls around the world, to mark International Women’s Day (8th March); and a rallying cry for anyone and everyone who wants to see a more equal world.
#March4Women is for people of all genders, because gender inequality is not just a problem for women and girls. It’s also a problem for trans and non-binary people – and for men and boys who want to live in a fairer, more equal world.
We recognise too that people of all genders face additional prejudice and discrimination in many forms – including ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability, and religion – and that all of these must be overcome to achieve equality for all.
We believe that being a bystander is not an option. If you don’t act, you are part of the problem. If you care about justice and equality, join us to #March4Women and be part of the solution!
We’re still marching in 2021
Last year, we came together to celebrate the power and passion of women and girls on the frontlines of the climate crisis. We held a fantastic rally in collaboration with the Women of the World Festival followed by a march through central London and a rousing finale at Parliament Square.
In 2021, the march towards gender equality must go on! Please Sign up to join us on the #March4Women day of action on Sunday 7th March 2021.
Thank you to our partners
A big thank you to the following organisations who are supporting #March4Women 2021: Centenary Action Group / The Fawcett Society / Friends of the Earth / Lean In / She Changes Climate / Stylist / Unison / Wen (Women’s Environmental Network) / White Ribbon Campaign / Women for Refugee Women / WI
#March4Women 2021 is supported by the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery.
The women in the pictures
The women featured in our campaign photos are:
(‘So now we demand/We become the global champion’ image) Jade Begay is a climate activist in the USA. Her Indigenous Environmental Network offers solutions, such as restoring coastal areas or sponsoring solar projects, with the aim of restoring the ecological balance on our planet. She says: “If the earth dies, part of my identity dies with it.”
(‘For more women in leadership in all their diversity’ image) Neelam Kumari is a health worker in Bihar, India. She says: “I love the fact that the acronym of my job title means hope in the Hindi language. I feel like a symbol of hope.”
(‘We march all the way to the top’ image) Jeanne Sekongo is an entrepreneur in the Ivory Coast. She says: “I enjoy being a role model because I can share my success with other women and support them. I tell women – if you want it, you can have it. You need to be strong. You mustn’t be afraid. You need to push ahead.”
(‘Women leaders inspire more women followers’ image) Rabeya Sultana Rabbi works as a mechanic in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She says: “Every woman should do something, be it any profession, with self confidence, and without paying attention to the naysayers.”
(‘We need more women to lead us through this’ image) Layla is a student in Somaliland. She says: “If I ruled the world, first of all I’d make sure there is justice and I’d encourage people to get an education. Going to school is like someone going from darkness to light.”
(‘We #March4Women/We can march together’ images) Helen Pankhurst is great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, and a senior advisor on gender equality for CARE.
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