#ChooseToChallenge health inequality this International Women’s Day

This year's theme for International Women's Day, #ChooseToChallenge, is all about forging a gender equal world

by Wellbeing of Women | 5th Mar 2021

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At Wellbeing of Women, we believe that for too long, women's health research hasn't been a priority in research – despite women making up 51% of the population, just 2.1% of all UK public and charity funded health research goes towards women's reproductive health and childbirth.

This is why we strive to level the playing field. Using your generous donations, we invest in finding new tests and treatments that will save and change the lives of women, girls and babies.

Take endometriosis, for example, which takes eight years on average to diagnose and for which there is currently no cure. Using our funding, Professor Andrew Horne has found the first potential non-invasive, non-hormonal treatment for the debilitating condition, which has now progressed to clinical trials. Or find out about more of our breakthroughs here.

But we can only invest in this amazing research thanks to our incredible fundraisers who run, bake, row and sew every day to raise vital funds for us - so why not join us and #ChooseToChallenge?

Here are five things you could do to raise funds and help us close gender inequalities in health:

  • Run or walk 5k in your local park
  • Bake as many cakes as you can in a day and deliver them to friends and neighbours
  • Cover as much distance as you can on a bicycle in a week
  • Wash 20 cars on your street
  • Cook an elaborate three-course meal for you and your household
  • Walk up and down your staircase 10 times

Whatever you decide to do, choose your challenge, set up your fundraising page at Just Giving, select Wellbeing of Women as your chosen charity and you can start collecting donations.

If you’d like to speak to a member of the team about your plans, please email Laura and Zamira at community@wellbeingofwomen.org.uk.

Find out how our inspiring fundraisers have raised money for us below.

The 100,000km challenge

Hula hooping society


Evie Cogley and the Hula Hooping Society at Nottingham Trent University chose to walk 100,000 kilometres to raise money for Wellbeing of Women research this year. Find out why, and how you can join in, here.

Donate here.

The Atlantic Ocean challenge

Miriam and Nia with oars


In 2022, University of Glasgow students Nia and Miriam will be attempting two world records as they row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Wellbeing of Women. Find out what possessed them to embark on the incredible challenge here.

Donate here.