Throughout the world hundreds of thousands of women are living with the physical and emotional scars inflicted by war. Join Me on the Bridge is a chance for people to stand in solidarity with these women on International Women's Day (March 8th), and join their fight for peace and equality.
International Women's Day (IWD) is an important day for women worldwide, celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. As well as a day to celebrate achievements, it is a day to remind the world of how far we still have to come in the fight for global gender equality. As Women for Women International's founder Zainab Salbi says: "we envision a world where no one is abused, poor, illiterate or marginalised; where members of communities have full and equal participation in the processes that ensure their health, well-being and economic independence; and where everyone has the freedom to define the scope of their life, their future and strive to achieve their full potential." Join Me on the Bridge is part of our fight to achieve this goal.
Join Me on the Bridge began in 2010 when women from Congo and Rwanda joined together on the bridge connecting their two countries, showing that they could build the bridges of peace and hope for the future. This action sparked a massive global movement, involving thousands of people on hundreds of bridges worldwide. Women in Afghanistan and Iraq joined the campaign for the first time last year, bravely adding their voices to the call for an end to war and violence against women. Alongside them were 75,000 people in 70 countries worldwide. Bridge events have taken place in all the countries Women for Women International work with: Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herezgovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria and South Sudan. Women survivors of war in these countries have lived through unimaginable suffering and hardship, but they find the strength and courage to call out for change and demand peace and equality for themselves and their loved ones.
Join Me on the Bridge asks people to stand with these women on International Women's Day (March 8th). There will be events taking place globally, so check the Join Me on the Bridge website to find an event close to you. We also encourage you to organise your own event, and have a variety of resources available to help you, including a free organiser's toolkit. There is also information on how to fundraise at your event, to raise money to sponsor a woman through one of our programmes. No matter how big or small your event, every person standing for peace on March 8th will make a difference. We will make a difference by showing women in war-torn countries that they do not struggle alone, we will make a difference by showing the world that we want peace and equality, and we will make a difference by not remaining silent.
Join us on March 8th and help build bridges of peace and hope for the future.