International Women's Day 2020 - #EachforEqual

For International Women’s Day this year, we were unbelievably proud to partner with so many inspirational organisations in a celebration of those who are committed to social change. The theme, #EachforEqual shines a light on the importance of unity in the fight for gender equality. 

At You Make It, our vital work to empower young women with the confidence and skills to achieve their life goals is built on community. Through the programme, our women experience the power of sisterhood, the value of collective support and the strength we can find in ourselves through reaching out to others. 

That is why we’re honoured to have collaborated with some of our favourite brands, institutions, and fellow female changemakers this IWD, to spread the crucial message that we are always stronger together. 


University of Sunderland in London 

On Saturday 7th March, 8 incredible women from the University of Sunderland in London ran the Victoria Park Race in aid of You Make It, raising £605!

The organiser, Ilona Lewicka explained their reasons for choosing to partner with us, “We’re spreading the power of women at the University of Sunderland in London. That’s why we chose You Make It. We want to help women who have passions and ambitions but need a little help, whether that’s education, advice or just someone to talk to."

Thanks to Ilona, Evdoxia, Roshelle, Jasmina, Shabana, Tina, Desislava, and Alisa for all of your support. Read more about their story here


For the second year in a row we're so pleased that K-Swiss chose to partner with us and donate 20% of their sales on IWD to You Make It. You can read about the collaboration here, in You Magazine's list of '13 International Women’s Day products that actually support amazing causes.' 


The Vurger Co.

Our CEO & Founder, Asma Shah is featured on this IWD list of incredible women who are fighting for gender equality in the face of pressing issues such as sparse mental health support, poverty and climate change. Be sure to read the full article, for some food for thought from some truly inspirational women.

St. Margaret's House

Our friends at St Margaret's House are running a wonderful Women's Month Programme for the whole of March. On 20th March at 7.30pm, Anna Byrne will be taking to their chapel for a night of beautiful folk music by candlelight, and all of the proceeds will be donated to You Make It. You can find more details here, we hope to see you there!


Cuckooz Nest

Doing their bit to help more parents get back into work and therefore reduce some of the gender inequality in the workplace, one of our favourite organisations, Cuckooz Nest, kindly offered women on our programme free childcare and workspace for the whole of International Women's Week. Read more about their innovative co-working space here


Hackney Herbal

Social enterprise, Hackney Herbal chose put a spotlight on local female founders for IWD, to celebrate women who are committed to improving the lives of those in their community.

Their exceptional list of female leaders includes Asma, who explains, “I set up You Make It because of my passion to ensure that young women who’ve wrongly been overlooked because of issues around race and class, not just gender, are given what they need and deserve to lead happy lives in one of the most diverse but also increasingly divided cities in the world."  View the full article here


Thanks to all of the above organisations for your generous support. Happy International Women's Day, from us and all of the inspirational women we've worked with this year!




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