Bake for International Women’s Day

Bake for International Women’s Day

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’re asking you to arrange bake parties in your workplace the week of 7 to 11 March 2016.

Join Spin 1038 presenter Daniella Moyles and support this year's Bake Party for International Women's Day.

Join Spin 1038 presenter Daniella Moyles and support this year's Bake Party for International Women's Day.

All the money raised by this event will go towards Concern Worldwide’s work with Syrian women.

Bake and raise funds

International Women’s Day 2016 is a great opportunity for you to raise funds for Concern and to have fun while you’re doing it. It’s simple. Just sign up to host a bake party in your company and we’ll get you started with some baking goodies from our sponsors, Dr. Oetker and Galaxy.

We will help

To help make your fundraiser a success we will also supply you with posters, information leaflets, and a short video to inspire your colleagues to take part. Collection boxes will be provided and all bake party organisers who return funds raised before 11 April 2016 will be entered into a raffle to win a hamper full of tasty treats.

How your baking can make a difference

This year money all the money raised by your bake party will go towards Concern’s work with Syrian women. You will be helping women whose lives have been torn apart by five years of civil war, who have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in Syria’s neighbouring countries. They left everything behind – their homes, their jobs or their education, their friends and families. Many have lost loved ones along the way. Their once happy lives are now a daily struggle.

Concern is working in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey to help those affected. Our programmes include helping to improve their living conditions and quality of their shelter, to provide them with clean water and sanitation and to help children who have missed years of school to continue their education. We are also working specifically with women to address some of the unique gender based consequences of conflict and displacement. Read more

Skills training

In Lebanon, Concern is supporting local partner organisations who run embroidery workshops, bringing together refugee women from Syria as well as Lebanese women from some of the poorest local communities to help them not only to generate income but also to provide a vital social outlet which enables them to deal with tensions in the area and at home.

Amal’s story

Concern is supporting refugees from Syria in Lebanon to help them deal with tensions in the area and at home, as well as earn some form of livelihood through embroidery. Photo taken by Abbie Trayler Smith / Panos Pictures for Concern Worldwide.

Amal*, 23, her husband and her three children are Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Her home in Syria was bombed and destroyed. Amal was pregnant at the time. “I didn’t want to risk my children’s lives. That is why we left,” she told us.

But life has been very tough for Amal and her family since arriving from Syria. There are no refugee camps in Lebanon and families have to rent what accommodation they can find – often these are sheds, garages converted chicken coups – buildings that are not fit for purpose. Amal’s husband is sick and they are worried about their future. “We are not comfortable, everyone is depressed. There is no stability in this life. The financial situation is depressing, the rents are so high.”

Amal has only been attending the embroidery classes for two weeks. 

It’s really nice. The atmosphere here is really positive. Something inside us has changed. We are seeing different people now. I didn’t go out of the house before. Now I come here. The interaction is good and it means I have my own time. I will make friends here.

*Amal's name has been changed for security purposes.

More information

So, what are you waiting for? For more information on arranging a bake party in your workplace, contact Clare Ahern on +353 1 4791312 or by email at [email protected].

Concern Worldwide's International Women's Day Partners Galaxy Dr Oetker