#IWD2018 Celebrating INternational Women's Day and Women's History Month

"When women do better, countries do better, communities do better, and families do better." USAID Administrator Mark Green

Throughout the month of March, and especially on International Women’s Day (March 8), USAID will celebrate our contributions to advance gender equality and women's empowerment around the world.

Women’s empowerment is a core USAID development objective that is fundamental for the realization of human rights, and key to fulfilling the Administrator’s vision for USAID development outcomes.

This year, we are highlighting ways that USAID transforms families, communities and countries by economically empowering women and girls.

Hashtags to Use and Follow

  • #IWD2018
  • #WomensHistoryMonth
  • #USAIDTransforms

Handles to Mention, Follow and Retweet

Michelle Bekkering is USAID’s lead for women’s issues. She serves as USAID's Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment (E3).

Michelle will be tweeting and amplifying messages about International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month.

We encourage you to mention her in your posts and retweet her content!


Three Ways to Participate

First, Create a “Women Making History, Today!” Pictogram for Women's History Month

Use the linked PowerPoint template to create a pictogram highlighting an empowered woman or girl from your country or project that is changing history in her community. You will need a photo of the woman or girl (portrait or candid interaction photo recommended), and two sentences to summarize how she is making history.

See samples below.

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Tweet or Facebook Post Template

  • _____ [NAME of women] is changing history in _____ [Country name], one [women/student/neighbor] at a time. She is a #WomanMakingHistory, today! #WomensHistoryMonth #USAIDTransforms [LINK to STORY---optional] [PICTOGRAM]

Sample Tweet

  • Doaa is changing history for her family in Egypt, one batch of ducklings at a time. She is a #WomanMakingHistory, today! #WomensHistoryMonth #USAIDTransforms https://stories.usaid.gov/ducks-for-doaa/ [PICTOGRAM]

Second, Promote USAID Opportunities to Empower Women and Girls

Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment

To be announced March 7, 2018

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Just like many of us are, today’s youth are inspired by the chance to drive meaningful change, and create better lives and better communities.

Through our Young Women Transform Prize, we will empower youth in developing countries to come up with their own solutions for young women’s economic empowerment.

Prizes ranging from $15,000 to $35,000 will be awarded to grassroots youth-led or youth-serving organizations, in low- or middle-income countries, for projects up to one year.

We’re delighted to have two private sector partners who are co-funding this initiative with us— The Volvo Group and Standard Chartered.

Both institutions have deep commitments to improving education and economic opportunities for youth and women around the world. The Volvo Group and Standard Chartered will be helping to finance the prize awards, and Standard Chartered will also be tapping into its volunteer network of financial experts to offer mentoring to grant recipients.

Other private sector partners that are interested in growing the size of the prize — or providing in-kind contributions, such as capacity building and mentoring for youth beneficiaries — are welcome!

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  • On March 7, 2018 (Twitter) Just Announced! Launch of the “Young Women Transform Prize: Enabling Youth-Led Economic Empowerment” for youth-led & youth-serving orgs. Apply by April 30: www.youthpower.org/2018-PRIZE @USAID @YPLearning @StanChart @VolvoGroup #YoungWomenTransform
  • (Facebook) USAID is launching a Young Women’s Economic Empowerment Prize on March 7, 2018. The prize will fund solutions by youth-led or youth-serving organizations in developing countries to (1) improve young women’s access to marketable skills for employment, (2) expand young women’s networks to support enhanced careers and livelihoods, or (3) strengthen the enabling environment for their career mobility and labor force participation. USAID’s funding for the prize will leverage private sector co-investment and in-kind contributions, including capacity building and mentorship for awardees. Learn more, and apply by April 30: www.youthpower.org/2018PRIZE. #IWD2018

Share Your Own Resource or Opportunity to Empower Women and Girls

  • PROMPT: How can women and girls in your country or community benefit from USAID-supported opportunities? Reply with a program or resource, using the hashtag #IWD2018
  • Tweet or Facebook Post Template: In [COUNTRY or COMMUNITY], USAID is now accepting applications for [PROGRAM] #IWD2018
  • EXAMPLE: USAID is launching a Young Women’s Economic Empowerment Prize to fund youth-led or youth-serving organizations in developing countries that are innovating to economically empower young women! Learn more at [LINK]. #IWD2018

Third, Share USAID Stories to Celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8)

We invite USAID staff and our implementing partners to share stories about how we are empowering women and girls by, for example, working to advance women’s equality in land ownership, improve access to finance, bridge the digital divide, and support women entrepreneurs.

There are four topics that USAID will continually highlight during March:

  1. USAID Empowers Women Economically
  2. USAID Advances Women’s Access to, Control over, and Benefit from Resources
  3. USAID is Bridging the Digital Gender Divide
  4. USAID Supports Women Entrepreneurs

Customize Your Social Media Content

Highlight stories from your own Bureau, Mission or project using the hashtag #IWD2018

Suggested Posts

Use the following posts to highlight USAID’s work to empower women and girls around the world.

Note: We will continue to add content to the toolkit as it becomes available. Please check back for updates.

USAID Empowers Women Economically

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USAID Advances Women’s Access to, Control over, and Benefit from Resources

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USAID’s programs around the world are working to reduce legal and regulatory barriers that disproportionately affect women’s access to resources such as land and finance.

  • With equal access to resources, women could increase crop yield by 20-30%, feeding an additional 150 million people. USAID helps women gain land rights, giving them needed assets to participate in local commerce and regional trade. Learn more: https://goo.gl/2FVgz8 #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • Meet Xhevrije, who has doubled her business w/ help from her bank & USAID loan guarantees. Watch here: https://youtu.be/8pJl-5aH-e0 #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • USAID’s Development Credit Authority is working for reforms that expand women’s access to finance through secured lending. Read more: https://usaid-credit.exposure.co/ #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • (Facebook) More than half of the 600 million people without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa are women. Access to power, and decisions regarding electricity and household energy use, directly impact women’s livelihoods. #PowerAfrica is working to integrate women into the power sector. https://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica/gender #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms

USAID is Bridging the Digital Gender Divide

Digital and mobile tools have revolutionized our world, but women are far less likely to own mobile phones or have access to the internet.

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  • Gender inequalities between women and men in the physical world are being replicated in the digital world. What steps can USAID and our partners take to close the #digitalgenderdivide? Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Nvv7F-bNo08 #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • Women are 14% less likely to own a #mobile phone. Learn how USAID is using #data to help close the #digitalgenderdivide. Toolkit here: https://goo.gl/3gqNPp #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • By leveraging digital technologies, and building the largest informal & entry-level formal jobs marketplace in India, USAID partner Babajob is enhancing employment opportunities for women. Watch here: www.usaid.gov/news-information/videos/babajob-acceleration #IWD 2018 #digitalgenderdivide #USAIDTransforms

USAID Supports Women Entrepreneurs

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USAID supports women entrepreneurs worldwide as catalysts of economic growth and inclusive development.

  • By supporting women entrepreneurs, USAID works to #EmpowerWomen and grow economies. #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8s8VXOghT0
  • USAID-private sector partnerships help women entrepreneurs grow their businesses.#IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms Watch here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9bj2ZdTy3c
  • Pumpkin is more than a #superfood for Fatuma and the 100s of young #Uganda farmers she’s helped train goo.gl/ky6upX #USAIDTransforms #IWD2018
  • USAID is investing in women worldwide. See how in the inspiring stories of innovative Amani, resourceful Doaa and more! Watch here: https://youtu.be/R8s8VXOghT0 #IWD2018
  • This #IWD2018, learn how a successful coffee business owner mentors other women to grow their own economic impact. #USAIDTransforms Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgkwSCR-P_E
  • (Facebook) Around the world, USAID is investing in supporting women entrepreneurs. Trained with the necessary skills and provided access to opportunities, women of all ages can gain confidence in themselves and their abilities as well as financial freedom and an increased means to provide for their families. Meet just a few of the inspiring women who, through participation in USAID initiatives, have become entrepreneurs in their communities- watch here: https://youtu.be/R8s8VXOghT0 #IWD2018 #USAIDTransforms
  • (Facebook) On International Women’s Day, learn how USAID is helping youth female leaders such as Fatuma Namatosi engage youth ages 10-35 in profitable agriculture opportunities in Uganda. Fatuma, who founded Byeffe Foods, is now working with 640 young farmers, all of whom she showed to grow pumpkins as a cost-effective and easy crop. goo.gl/ky6upX

USAID Transforms Posts

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