Five Organizations to Donate to on International Day of the Girl

Reproductive justice, legal activism and teaching girls to code—here's where you should donate to put your money where your mouth is.

Today, October 11th, is International Day of the Girl. An initiative launched by the UN in 2012 to shine light on the challenges girls face around the world, each year works with a different theme pertaining to young women. This year’s theme is ’empowerment’, as exemplified by the UN’s mission statement:

“The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights,” it reads.

Throughout the day, nonprofits, humanitarian organizations, citizen initiatives and governments will be hosting events worldwide to highlight the transnational plights and opportunities that define girlhood today.

You can find out if an event is happening near you by checking out their website, but why not use today’s momentum to support an organization working to improve girls’ lives? From organizations campaigning for reproductive justice to initiatives focused on girls who code, here’s a short list of some very decent indeed places you can donate to support girls. Because who run the world? Girls!

She’s the First

Since 2009, STF have been supporting girls in low-income countries to be the first in their families to graduate high school. They do this by offering scholarships and mentorship programs, and providing health & wellness and boarding resources; back in North America, they offer leadership programs for students so that they can become ‘global citizens’ and help girls effectively. As far as measuring their impact, She’s the First are connected to dozens of on-the-ground NGOs that act as the connecting link between donations and girls receiving them. To date, She’s the First have sponsored over 85o girls across 11 countries.

Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides is an NGO composed of over 800 civil society organizations from over 95 countries. Their goal is to end child marriage by advocating for laws, policies and programmes that contribute to helping girls evade being married at ages as young as 12. They accomplish this with complex, multi-pronged strategies that include motivating communities, challenging governments, setting up educational resources and enlisting the help of legal professionals to change policy on a regional level. PS they’re one of the most transparent organizations we’ve come across in terms of letting you know exactly where your money’s going. Sounds good to us!

Girls Who Code

In lieu of recent high-profile events involving sexism and discrimination against women in Silicon Valley, it’s no secret that the tech industry has a gender equality problem. That’s what Girls Are Code is here for: according to their website, “tech jobs are among the fastest growing in the country, yet girls are being left behind. While interest in computer science ebbs over time, the biggest drop off happens between the ages of 13-17.” Thus, this organzation was founded to stimulate girls to get into a sector of jobs that’s growing exponentially and definitely needs more women involved. According to Reshma Saujani, the organization’s founder and CEO, the future of tech is female—and Girls Who Code will give women the tools they need to make sure that happens.

Equality Now

This global non-profit uses a legal approach as the root to tackling a whole bunch of issues affecting the wellbeing of girls and women, but specifically focusing on domestic violence. Their international network of lawyers, activists and supporters tackle legal inequality, sex trafficking, sexual violence and female genital mutilation. They’ve been around since 1992, so they’ve had some time to drive impact—and based on their results, that’s exactly what they’ve done. Since 1992, they’ve done things like make Hawaii pass the first U.S. law explicitly making sex tourism a crime and help achieve voting rights for women in Kuwait.

International Planned Parenthood

Since Trump came to power and the Republican party gained ammunition to increasingly assault women’s reproductive rights, the American branch of Planned Parenthood has received a lot of rightfully deserved attention. However, did you know you can actually support the organization internationally, too? Enter International Planned Parenthood, an NGO delivering sexual and reproductive health services worldwide and fighting for reproductive rights. It’s a Federation of 142 Member Associations working in 153 countries, with another 23 Partners working in 18 countries. Last year, IPP delivered 182.5 million sexual and reproductive health services including contraceptive and abortion-related services as well as gynaecological, obstetric and paediatric ones. So yeah, these guys and girls are doing their jobs, alright—and leading to big, big impact.