March is gender equality month
Today is International Women’s Day and kicks off Northamptonshire Community Foundation’s month of Gender Equality. It is a global day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is a day where groups come together to celebrate women’s achievement and rally for women’s equality.
This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge and throughout the day, Northamptonshire Community Foundation will be highlighting local people, families and organisations who are choosing to challenge gender stereotypes across the county.
Last year, the Foundation adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its charitable activity. The UN SDGs are an urgent call to action set by the United Nations to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for all by 2030.
The staff and Trustees have made a commitment to work with their fund holders and donors to show how their investments, time and donations make a local and global impact through these goals. As part of this commitment, each staff member has partnered with a Trustee to champion a goal of their choosing.
Mary Hollands, Head of Philanthropy at the Foundation, is the staff champion for UN SDG 5: Gender Equality and is passionate about empowering women and girls and ending domestic violence.
Speaking on UN SDG 5, Mary said: “Whilst we have come such a long way in terms of gender equality, there is still a long way to go and I’m passionate about igniting this conversation in Northamptonshire. By throwing a spotlight on the inequalities women face every day, we can take the steps necessary to ending violence against women and girl, closing the gender pay gap and ensuring women’s voices are heard.”
The Foundation has also launched a series of Community Conversations based around the UN SDGs, bringing together local people to discuss local solutions to tackle these global issues in Northamptonshire.
On Thursday 11 March, the fourth of these conversations will take place. Lead by the Foundation, we will have the chance to hear from a variety of community groups, organisations and donors striving to achieve gender equality across the county.
The Foundation has also formed a longstanding partnership with Avon Cosmetics Ltd. and delivers the Avon Fund for Women and Girls, supporting projects that directly tackle violence against women and girls in Northamptonshire.
Throughout March, Northamptonshire Community Foundation will be sharing stories and highlighting the vital work that community groups, organisations, individuals and families are doing to achieve gender equality in the county.