Across the world, people of all genders have been fighting against structural sexism for over a century. And in the UK, things have come an incredibly long way since the likes of the suffragette movements. But gender equality is still not a reality - either in Britain or globally. In the countries where we work, women do not have the same rights as men - over their children, their work, their bodies. 

But it doesn’t take a theoretical understanding of economics to see that gender equality is not just better for women, it’s better for everyone. When girls complete an education, they are equipped with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to access work. Able to make a living, women can then support their families, increasing household income and ensuring that all their children can also complete school. They can also buy more than the essentials for their families; they can buy treats, toys, books, and contribute to boosting local economies.  

We are proud to be working to enable more women and girls to access the education that will otherwise be denied them. Because we know that it’s only fair. We know that it’s the only way to ensure a balanced world between boys and girls, men and women. Because we know that a balanced world is a better world - for everyone. 

"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." 
Gloria Steinem 

This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating our women. The brave, committed women who work to become literate, find work or start their own business. We are celebrating their incredible achievements, and the ripples that they create in their communities, provinces and nations. 

A balanced world is a better one. Help us #BalanceforBetter across the world. 

Join us in celebrating women - in your household, community, country, planet - who have to work harder to achieve their place alongside men. The women who have done it anyway. And the women who will do so once they have the opportunity. 

Happy International Women’s Day!