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Join the global movement for women’s voting rights

Photo: UNMIT/Martine Perret

2018 celebrates 100 years of the vote for women, yet global barriers still prevent women from using their vote.

What will YOU do to help change this?

One hundred years ago, the suffragettes used the motto “Deeds not Words” to help win the vote for women. However, in 2018 women around the world are still four times more likely than men to be abused, intimidated and prevented from voting.

For instance, in parts of Pakistan, female voter turnout was reported at just 3% in recent elections.

UN Women NC UK is the exclusive charity partner of the Westminster 100; bringing together an inspirational and empowering team of 100 celebrities, influencers and supporters to run the Virgin Sport British 10k on Sunday 15th July. 

Together we are uniting to support global voting equality and raising funds to bring the ability to vote to women all over the world.

What will you do to join the movement? Every deed counts…

Enter the British 10k race as an individual or as a team and fundraise for UN Women to give women around the world the ability to participate in elections, run for office, and exercise their fundamental right.

Please visit our Eventbrite page where you will find further instructions and information. 

Photo: Virgin Sport

Photo: Virgin Sport

How will your donations make a difference?

The race fundraises for UN Women’s programme “Enhancing the Political Participation of Women”, funded by the Global Fund for Gender Equality.

The goal of the initiative is to support countries where female electoral turnout is extremely low such as Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Haiti, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The funds will be used to address the core social, cultural and legal challenges that prevent women from using their vote through:

UN Women will campaign to raise awareness about female voting

Fundraising enabled UN Women representatives to deliver ID cards to women in Egypt and raise awareness about their voting rights. The first Egyptian Feminist Union and election watchdog was established by UN Women at a critical point in Egypt’s political transition. In addition, 500 women’s groups were created to bring a unified voice across the country. As a result, 2 million women received an ID card that enabled them to vote.

Photo: UN Women/Murray Lloyd

Photo: UN Women/Fatma El Zahraa Yassin

Photo: UN Women/Betsy Davis Cosme