5 Irish Charities to Support around International Women’s Day

Women’s Aid

Women’s Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974.

They work to make women and children safe from domestic violence, offer support, provide hope to women affected by abuse and work for justice and social change. Over the course of 40 years the organisation has built up a wealth of expertise on the issue, enabling them to best support women and children and share this knowledge with other agencies.

The Women’s Aid National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides support and information to callers experiencing abuse from intimate partners.

You can find information on how to support and fundraise for Women’s Aid here.

National Women’s Council

The National Women’s Council is the leading national representative organisation for women and women’s groups in Ireland, founded in 1973. With have over 190 member groups and a large and growing community of individual supporters, the ambition of the National Women’s Council is an Ireland where every woman enjoys true equality and no woman is left behind.

Their purpose is to lead action for the achievement of women’s and girls’ equality through mobilising, influencing, and building solidarity.

Donate to the National Women’s Council here.

Plan International Ireland

Plan International Ireland strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

They aim to ensure that girls can learn, lead, decide and thrive in all aspects of their lives.

From providing inclusive and quality education, to delivering education in conflict and crises, and working with communities to end harmful practices that infringe upon the rights of girls, Plan International’s work is changing children’s lives for the better and supporting them to realise their rights and potential.

You can donate to Plan International Ukraine fundraiser here or sponsor a child here.

BeLonG To

BeLonG To Youth Services is the national organisation supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI+) young people in Ireland. Since 2003, BeLong To have worked with LGBTI+ young people, between 14 and 23 years, to create a world where they are equal, safe, and valued in the diversity of their identities and experiences.

The charity also advocates and campaigns on behalf of young LGBTI+ people, and offer a specialised LGBTI+ youth service with a focus on mental and sexual health, alongside drug and alcohol support.

You can support BeLonG To at the link here.

ShoutOut

ShoutOut is a charity committed to improving life for LGBTQ+ people by sharing personal stories and educating school students, parents & guardians, teachers, youth workers and workplaces on LGBTQ+ issues. 

Since 2012 ShoutOut been delivering workshops in secondary schools across the Island of Ireland which tackle LGBTQ+ bullying, and they have completed over 1,800 student workshops over the past 8 school years, speaking directly to over 54,000 students!

You can volunteer to help facilitate ShoutOut workshops at the link here.

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