International Women’s Day 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women which is celebrated annually on 8 March.

The campaign theme of International Women’s Day 2023 is #EmbraceEquity.


Inverclyde's International Women's Day Challenge 2023

We’re planning on getting 2023 off on the right-foot with a step count challenge to mark International Women’s Day and what a challenge it is! 

Our goal - to walk/run over 6,000 miles in 60 days from Inverclyde to Rwanda in east-central Africa, starting on 8 January and ending on International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023. We’ll be tracking our progress virtually online.

Through our challenge, we plan to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 in a practical way by raising funds to support Greenock-based charity, Aid for Education, which helps some of Rwanda's poorest children and their families who have no access to education, basic medical care or shelter.

100% of all donations will be used to help women in east Rwanda earn some money to support their families through Aid for Education’s microfinance project which began in 2018 by giving interest free loans to 39 women to help them start businesses. Once a business turns a profit and the women are earning to provide for their families, they pay back the loans and the money is then redistributed to help other women in the community. Many of the women have paid back their loans and this year 24 other women have been given the opportunity to start their own small businesses.

Each £100 we raise will allow Aid for Education to help another woman start up her own business and help reduce poverty in the community. 

To have a chance of reaching Rwanda in time for International Women’s Day we’ll need to gather together a team of 50. If you’d like to take part, or make a donation, we’d love to hear from you. Just email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you right away.

Aid for Education is a small, volunteer-led local charity based in Inverclyde, Scotland. 

Founded in 2010, Aid for Education helps transform the lives of impoverished children and communities in Eastern Rwanda. With limited resources, this inspirational charity has:

  • Built Tubarere Nursery and Primary School since 2017 which now provides education to over 260 children;

  • Set up a farming cooperative to provide women with the opportunity to earn money to look after their families and take on leadership roles and make decisions over the profits generated from their collective agriculture efforts; and

  • Established a microfinance initiative, targeted to women who have no income, to provide a sustainable way of helping families earn some money and reduce poverty in the community. 

Our Fundraising Goal

Our goal is to raise £3,000 for Aid for Education’s microfinance project. 

Every £100 raised will help train, support and fund one woman to set up her own business, gain some financial independence which will help her send her children to school, and so, have a positive impact on the next generation too.

How to Register to Take Part

Signing up to take part is easy. Simply go to iwd.bigteamchallenge.com to register or scan this QR code:

Once you have registered you will automatically be added to our team ready for the challenge to start.

Once the Challenge Starts: Adding Your Distances

Once the challenge starts on 8 January 2023, you can add the distances you walk or run manually or you can automatically track your progress using your Fitbit,Garmin, Apple Health and Google Fit (both of these are available via the Big Team Challenge app). Doing so means your activity will sync every time you open the app, so make sure you do that every day or so.

If you wish to use Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Health or Google Fit it’s a good idea to connect your device before the challenge begins so you can hit the ground running.

You can find out how to sync your device and track your steps by clicking here.

Mobile Apps

The Big Team Challenge app is available for iPhone and Android. Simply use the challenge address iwd.bigteamchallenge.com when prompted on the first screen.

During the Challenge

Once the challenge begins, it’s time to start tracking your activity. 

You can start inputting your distances from 9.00 A.M. on Monday 8 January 2023.

As you track your activity, your team will progress along the virtual route to Rwanda. The map will show where we have reached along the route.

Donating Towards Our Fundraising Target

To donate to Aid for Education, please click here. This link will take you to the fundraising page which has been set up for our challenge on World Walking which Aid for Education has successfully fundraised before. 

Your donation will be sent directly to Aid for Education. 

If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation which means that for every pound you give, the charity can claim an extra 25 pence from HMRC, helping your donation go further.

The URL for our fundraising page is https://worldwalking.org/fundraising/fuvr0  Please share this link with your friends.