International Women's Day!

International Women’s Day, a global celebration of women’s achievements and progress and a day to mobilise to continue the fight for equality. 

"International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.​ Make IWD your day! - everyday!" #PressforProgress

Here at Free To Shine, we have taken it a step further and are celebrating:


To begin, on March 3rd, Free To Shine and Project Futures hosted an incredible event with Somaly Mam and Sina Vann. Both Somaly and Sina are survivors of sex trafficking and have since helped over 7,000 girls and women escape modern day slavery and re-claim their lives. To learn more about this eye-opening event and discussion, view our blog post here.

'Celebrating Women'

Another event Free To Shine is proud to be apart of is Jo Falla's podcast: 'Celebrating Women'.

"I have conversations with everyday local women doing extraordinary and interesting things." -Jo Falla

To learn about how Free To Shine began in 2010 and Nicky's journey starting an International Non-Profit, listen below!

Click here listen to more interviews with Jo Falla and other incredible women!

Free To Shine & Women's Resource Center in Siem Reap

Women’s Resource Center is hosting a series of free events for the community in Siem Reap from March 1st to March 8th to celebrate International Women's Day.As part of the series, Free To Shine is collaborating to provide two goal setting workshops to secondary students in town. The workshops aim to inspire girls and will include clips from our “Future Goals” documentary, interviewing professional Cambodian women about their education, career and the barriers they overcame to get to where they are today.[embed][/embed]

Keep an eye out for more segments of our documentary, we'll be releasing them on our website and Facebook in the next couple weeks.

Meet three women who inspire us:


Learn more about International Women's Day:

"5 way to make a difference this International Women's Day"

"International Women's Day"

"UN Women: International Women's Day"

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”

Happy International Women's Day & thanks for reading!