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International Women’s Day (IWD) falls on 8 March 2020 and will see all sorts of initiatives take place around the world to support the fight for women’s rights.
We know that fighting for equality and supporting those less fortunate than us shouldn’t be limited to once a year, but it’s a good place to start and a useful reminder to everyone that the fight is not yet won.
However, it can feel rather intimidating to know just how to support such a big cause, especially when we might be strapped for time.
Which is why these brilliant brands are all giving something to the IWD cause this year, to help your money and their influence go further.
From pay-it-forward schemes to limited edition t-shirts with a female focus, we’ve rounded up the enterprises and events that should be on your radar as the day approaches.
Whether you’re joining a march, attending an event or just want to give a little extra this year, these are the buys that are giving back.
5 brands giving back this International Women’s Day
Charms for Change | £45 from Pandora
As well as hosting a London concert on 7 March which will celebrate the iconic, empowering female songs of our lifetime - hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama - the jewellery brand has also partnered with UNICEF to create their Charm for Change.
Available in-store from 5 March, £12 from every sale of this hand-finished sterling silver charm will go to directly to the charity.
Charity T-Shirts | From £75 from Net-A-Porter
Net-A-Porter’s successful charitable collections in 2018 and 2019 have already raised enough to support over 300 women through the charity’s year-long training program.
This year, they’ve enlisted a handful of sought-after female designers to create a range of stylish t-shirts that you can wear with pride.
Each T-shirt reflects the designer’s personal interpretation of women’s empowerment and strength.
Pay-it-forward Scheme | FOREO
Swedish skin tech company, FOREO, is asking women across the UK to celebrate one another, as it launches a ‘pay it forward’ scheme that will see its face-cleansing devices gifted to each and every person who receives a nomination from a friend or family member.
To take part you simply have to nominate a woman who has had an incredible impact on your life, and FOREO will gift the nominated woman a LUNA mini 2 device as a small thank-you for making the world a more beautiful place.
You Can Capsule Collection | From £15 from Vero Moda
Vero Moda have teamed up with Elena Carriére to continue to support the empowerment of women in northern Uganda through their partnership with Caïo - a social enterprise that creates sustainable skincare for the greater good.
Their message this year is simple: you can. With this campaign, they’re aiming to inspire and empower women all over the world.
You can support them in their campaign by purchasing a t-shirt or sweatshirt from their ‘We Can’ range, shop the full collection here.
Charlotte Tilbury’s The Magic Within T-Shirt | £50 from Net-A-Porter
Net-A-Porter has partnered with iconic beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury to create a slogan t-shirt. 100% of the profits from the item will go to Women for Women International.
Pretty Powerful Collection | £64 from Bobbi Brown
This year, Bobbi Brown have partnered with British designer, Elizabeth Scarlett, to create a limited-edition makeup pouch, intricately embroidered with daisies, to house three iconic Bobbi Brown products (Smokey Eye Mascara, Vitamin Enriched Face Base and Pot Rouge in Powder Pink), with all proceeds from sales in the UK donated to Smart Works.
International Women’s Day Collection | From £14 from River Island
This collection, ranging from £14 to £24, features inspirational quotes such as “Let’s make Herstory” and is part of a partnership with The Prince’s Trust. £5 from every sale will go to the charity to help support and empower women.
Sisters Stand Together Mug | £19.95 from Emma Bridgewater
Here's to sisterhood and solidarity, this half-pint mug is emblazoned with slogans ‘together we rise’ and ‘sisters stand together’.
They’re the ideal gift to give to your girlfriends or just anyone who wants to raise awareness and support the cause.