Every year in March, when International Women’s Day comes around, our thoughts turn to the specific experiences of immigrant women. We want to recognize these women who contribute to our society in so many ways and fight every day to give their loved ones a better life.
Hundreds of thousands of Remitly customers who identify as women have moved thousands of miles, often alone, from everything they know and love to provide better lives for their family members. Many shared with us the gut-wrenching stories of how they have struggled to support their families from afar.
In a 2018 survey of our female customers, we learned that just over 40% had to move to the United States without their children, to provide them with basic necessities.
About 30% had not seen their children in over 3 years.
One woman shared: “Having left my daughter is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m thinking about what she does, what she eats, how she is doing all the time, even when I’m very busy at work. You can never stop thinking about your children. I imagine her happy and learning things.”
Others described being away from their loved ones as “a void in [their] lives” and “the hardest thing [they’ve] ever had to do.”
This International Women’s Day we want to shed a light on these hard-working women and their immense personal sacrifice. We are honored to help them safely send money home to provide for their families.
As an organization, Remitly is committed to the 2021 theme of International Women’s Day, #ChooseToChallenge. We believe in gender parity not only for the customers we serve but also for our employees and communities.
We hope the spirit of International Women’s Day becomes a permanent one.