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March 8th marks International Women’s Day across the globe. This year’s theme is Pledge for Parity.

Citizens worldwide are encouraged to pledge on the International Women’s Day website how they will take concrete steps to help achieve gender parity and share it on social media using the hashtag #PledgeForParity.

Global leaders like Richard Branson are helping fuel the campaign.

According to the International Women’s Day website, The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn’t close entirely until 2133.

This shows that there is still much work to be done. You can help raise awareness of the issue by making a pledge on the International Women’s Day website and share it on social media.

Pledge options on the website include:

  • help women and girls achieve their ambitions
  • challenge conscious and unconscious bias
  • call for gender-balanced leadership
  • value women and men’s contributions equally
  • create inclusive, flexible cultures

At Furniture Bank we work hard to set the stage to help our clients, many of whom are single mothers and daughters, achieve the comfort, dignity and stability of a furnished home. Because how can you expect women and girls to reach their full potential and thrive without a bed to sleep in, a desk to study at and do their homework or a couch and chairs to rest on.

A former client of ours sums it up nicely with this quote:

It’s been several years since I went to Furniture Bank to receive furniture. I graduated with my Honours Bachelor of Arts, started my Masters, and found a meaningful career. Would I have been able to do that without furniture and the Furniture Bank? Maybe, maybe not… But it sure is nice to have support creating your home, having a bed for your daughter, and the dignity in choosing your own furniture to set you up for the future.  

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Want to help set the stage for women and girls to achieve their ambitions?

It costs Furniture Bank $250 to furnish a home for a family.

By making an International Women’s Day donation today, you can help women and girls live with the dignity of a furnished home so they can start realizing their full potential.