International Women’s Day – March 8, 2021

For more than 100 years, Save the Children has been advocating for children, girls and mothers. Similarly, suffragettes in 1911 started a movement called International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

Even today, in many communities around the world, sons are considered superior, while daughters are viewed as a burden. Families marry off their daughters early – as young as 9 years old – and then their education ends and the cycle of poverty continues. And more than 16 million adolescent girls give birth each year – shockingly 95% of them are in the developing world.

Save the Children helps girls develop the resources, skills and confidence to participate in planning their future. We help empower girls and encourage families to let daughters prove just how much they value they offer.

Save the Children’s livelihoods work has helped girls around the world. Like Shilpi – a young woman in Bangladesh who overcame the odds of early marriage and started her own business weaving mats. She earned enough to buy livestock, support her handicapped brother, and even buy a bigger house. 


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