Because every day should be International Women's Day!

International Women's Day will come and go, but it's always a good time to do your bit for causes championing gender equality and women's rights. From helping disadvantaged women to taking part in empowering campaigns, here are some ways you can pitch in. 

 

Aware

What is it: Gender equality advocacy group Aware (Association of Women for Action and Research) are strong supporters of equal opportunities in education, marriage and employment, as well as sexual and reproductive rights. 

The organization has just rolled out a social initiative in collaboration with design agency Kinetic and Daughters of Tomorrow, a charity supporting women from low-income families. A Single Love aims to support single parents by introducing programmes like skills training and legal advice, and to raise awareness for a more inclusive environment for single parents here. 

How to help: You can volunteer your time at various parts of the charity, from dispensing legal advice, becoming a board committee member, researching data to creating content for collaterals or the Aware website. More information here

Aidha

What is it: This charity organization helps lower-income women and domestic workers by empowering them with important life skills like money management, computer literacy, leadership and business acumen.
 
How to help: They're currently looking for mentors to teach a money management, computer or business management class every second Sunday for four and a half to nine months. But if you'd like to know more, there's a volunteer orientation happening on Mar 13 from 11am-1pm at the United World College Southeast Asia campus. More information here

Project X

What is it: Protecting the rights of sex workers here, Project X is an organization that aims to encourage acceptance of this marginalized community in society, and to debunk any misconceptions or stigma associated with their work. The group speaks out against violence against sex workers and also campaigns for better sexual health education and services.

How to help: They are looking for volunteers to help with their IT systems, database creation and managment, events and outreach efforts. More information here

Singapore Council of Women's Organisations

What is it: If you'd like an overview of women's associations in Singapore, then the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations (SCWO) is where you might want to start. They have 58 member organizations under their wing, like Mums at Work Singapore, Singapore Women's Association and Society for WINGS (Women's Initiative for Ageing Successfully).

How to help: There are volunteer opportunities available like helping at the Star Shelter for women and children, manning the New2U Thrift Shop or teaching basic IT classes. More information here

Singapore Women's Association

What is it: This former girls' club dedicated to helping under-privileged girls is now a non-profit and non-government organization supporting women in different facets of life such as health, livelihood, education, culture and community, with a focus on the elderly. 

How to help: You can participate in outreach activities for the elderly, fund-raising efforts, empowerment workshops for women and other charity projects. More information here

UN Women Committee

What is it: Another non-profit organization that's all about women's empowerment and gender equality, this Singapore outpost of UN Women provides programs for both women and girls in areas like education, healthcare, economic independence, and also initiatives against violence against women and children. 

How to help: Besides volunteering your time at events and on projects, you can also learn more about women's causes through discussions at its book club, film screenings or at talks hosted by guest speakers. More information here

We Can! Singapore

What is it: This local initiative against violence against women is part of an international campaign spanning countries like India, Tanzania, Kenya, Canada and Afghanistan. It aims to raise awareness through interactive theater, workshops and collaborative projects with allies in the community. 

How to help: Get involved by supporting the White Ribbon Campaign, which promotes healthy relationships, gender equality and the obliteration of violence and discrimatory attitudes against women and girls. For a start, you can attend their change maker workshops, which is an introductory forum comprising discussions and shared experiences. 

Women on a Mission

What is it: Supporting women survivors of violence and abuse, this Singapore-based non-profit group organizes expeditions, events and campaigns to raise awareness and funds for other charity groups here like Aware's sexual assault care center and the UN Women Committee's anti-human trafficking cause.

How to help: You can either join one of their upcoming expeditions (the group will be on a charity biking trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia from Mar 31-Apr 2) or volunteer your time at one of their events. More information here