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Friday, August 24, 2018

7 Charities You Should Know About on Women's Equality Day


Women’s Equality Day, celebrated annually on August 26, marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920. This amendment prohibits the states and federal governments from denying United States citizens the right to vote based on sex.

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, we’re sharing 7 highly organizations continuing the fight for women’s rights and equality.



Women’s Law Project
☆☆☆
Creating a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives

The Women’s Law Project is a leading voice in the fight for equal access to reproductive health care and abortion, improving institutional response to all forms of violence against women, challenging sex & gender discrimination, and advocating for workplace equality and economic justice. They work across a spectrum of inter-related issues that affect women’s legal status, health, and economic security, forging progress through strategic high-impact litigation, policy advocacy, and community education. The Project is also a founding and leading member of the Pennsylvania Campaign for Women’s Health, a group of 55 local, state and national organizations strategically working together to improve women’s health and economic security in Pennsylvania.

National Women’s Law Center
☆☆☆☆
Expanding possibilities. Eliminating barriers.

The National Women’s Law Center has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families. They champion policies and laws that help women and girls achieve their potential at every stage of their lives — at school, at work, at home, and in retirement. Their staff is comprised of tirelessly committed advocates who take on the toughest challenges, especially for the most vulnerable women. The Center has been a leader in the landmark legal and public policy advances that have dramatically improved the lives of women and their families.

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
☆☆☆ + Impact
Strengthening families, communities, and societies

The Institute for Women’s Policy Research conducts and communicates research to inspire public dialogue, shape policy, and improve the lives and opportunities of women of diverse backgrounds, circumstances, and experiences. IWPR develops new policy ideas, encourages enlightened public debate, and promotes sound policy and program development. Their work also helps to change minds and improve the practices of institutions. And, they operate on the principle that knowledge is power and that social science evidence based on strong data and analysis, compellingly presented and systematically disseminated, makes a difference in moving public policy.

International Center for Research on Women
☆☆☆ + Impact
Where insight and action connect

The International Center for Research on Women is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in New Delhi, India, and Kampala, Uganda. Their research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. The Center translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

Equality Now
☆☆☆☆ + Impact
Working to end violence and discrimination against women and girls

Equality Now uses a combination of national, regional and international human rights law to secure justice for survivors of discrimination and violence, to hold governments accountable for their promises, and to bring local issues to the attention of human rights bodies. Each country's government sets laws that apply to individuals within its borders. Since these national laws have the most direct effect on individuals, it is critical that they meet international standards.
By advocating for stronger national laws that follow regional and international standards, Equality Now continues to create a fairer world for women and girls.

Center for Health and Gender Equity
☆☆☆☆
Advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) believes women and girls should be central to U.S. sexual and reproductive health policy, not because they are more deserving or more vulnerable than men--rather, they believe that women must be equal partners in each society’s governance and development, both because it is their right and because sustainable global development cannot occur without their energy and ideas. Additionally, because of their multiple roles as family caregivers, community activists, and civil society leaders, women have critical insight into human needs that cannot be excluded from development planning. Since 1994, CHANGE has advocated for more funding for voluntary family planning services around the world, held funding policy meetings with leaders across Africa, Latin America, and Asia, and trained and mobilized grassroots leaders to be a voice for change within the United States.

Equal Rights Advocates
☆☆☆
Equal rights and economic opportunities for women and girls

Equal Rights Advocates (ERA) is a national civil rights organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. Founded in 1974, ERA has been a pioneer advancing equality in work and schools for hundreds of thousands of women across the country. From ensuring the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act to arguing seminal gender rights cases before the United States Supreme Court, ERA is known for being the home of visionary leaders, unflinching advocates, and hard-nosed litigators for justice.

These are just a few of the many excellent organizations working on women’s rights issues in the United States and around the world. You can find even more here.

This Women’s Equality Day consider supporting the important work of a highly-rated organization working to strengthen and empower women and their voices all around the world.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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