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Women Helping Women: Donate to COTS at the International Women’s Day Lunch

International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, recognizes the vast social, cultural, and political achievements of women across the world. Hosting an International Women’s Day Lunch on Monday, March 11, the Detroit Regional Chamber joins a global cohort of advocates, including governments, nonprofits, charities, corporations, academic institutions, and more, to promote the message of equality and diversity.

International Women’s Day is celebrated by several countries across the world. The first celebration emerged over a century ago when debate surrounding gender inequality spurred women to become more active in championing for success and parity. From the strides made in legislative halls to boardrooms and beyond, International Women’s Day celebrates unity and advocacy to build a just world.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” according to the United Nations. It puts innovation by and for women and girls “at the heart of efforts to achieve gender equality” and ensures that they “play a decisive role in emerging industries.”

The Chamber’s inaugural International Women’s Day lunch will gather a panel of leading women executives from diverse industries who will speak to business leaders on their experience leading with purpose and tips for engaging in inclusive practices.

At this event, attendees will not only have the chance to listen to influential regional leaders, but also donate feminine hygiene products for women in need in the community. All donations will go to the Coalition On Temporary Shelter in Detroit—one of the largest providers of housing and supportive services for homeless families in the city.

According to Reuters, a survey of low-income women in St. Louis, Missouri found that nearly two-thirds could not afford feminine hygiene products in 2018. Experts say the numbers are likely similar in other cities across the country.

COTS said that those who will benefit from donated supplies include the mothers and daughters that the nonprofit serves. Donations will ensure that products are always available.