Leaving a legacy

The power of philanthropy this International Women’s Day

March 7th, 2024.

International Women’s Day (IWD), taking place this year on Friday 8th March, is a day that since 1910 has focused attention on women’s rights and the day serves as a powerful call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year, the theme of IWD 2024 is ‘Inspire Inclusion’ – ‘For when we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment’.

Through the acts of giving, sharing, and supporting, we are able to contribute a potent force for positive change. Not only does it provide the opportunity to raise platforms and amplify voices but also to highlight initiative stories, struggles, and triumphs.

On a personal note, supporting causes that are important to you also feels good!

As we delve into the power of philanthropy, I have highlighted a few steps below that we can all take to address change this International Women’s Day:

1. Donate generously

Consider making a donation to organisations that champion women’s rights. Whether it’s a local shelter, a global advocacy group, or a grassroots initiative, your contribution matters. Remember, even small donations collectively create significant impact. And, of course, donations of time and expertise are equally valuable.

2. Raise visibility

Use your voice to raise awareness about women’s causes. Share stories, statistics, and success stories on social media. Highlight the work of female-led nonprofits and encourage others to get involved.

3. Support female-focused charities

IWD provides a unique opportunity to fundraise for female-focused charities. These organisations work tirelessly to uplift women, provide essential services, and create lasting change. Your support can make a world of difference. You can find details of a few of these great charities on the official International Women’s Day website here.

4. Advocate for gender equality.

Philanthropy isn’t just about money, it’s about advocacy too. Engage in conversations, challenge stereotypes, and advocate for policies that promote gender equality. Be a vocal ally for women’s rights.

World-renowned feminist Gloria Steinem once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist, nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

This quote wonderfully summarises the notion that change belongs to everyone, everywhere. If we all make the decision to take action, we can collectively make a big difference.


Clients of Nedbank Private Wealth can get in touch with their private banker directly to understand how we can help you on your philanthropic journey, or you can phone +44 (0)1624 645000 to speak to our Client Services team.