International Women's Day is commemorated annually on 8 March with a slew of activities celebrating the achievements of women around the world. This year, Microsoft Korea and the Korea Women’s Network (KWN) celebrated International Women's Day by jointly organising a two-day charity auction on 4-5 March to raise funds for a common cause.

All proceeds from the charity auction will be donated to Eastern Social Welfare Society, a nonprofit organisation that provides dedicated foster care and adoption services for young children in South Korea.

Nearly KRW3 million (US$2,700) was raised during the event through the auctioning of personal belongings donated by 14 Microsoft Korea senior executives. Items ranged from coffee machines to clothing items. The funds enabled Microsoft Korea and KWN to donate 24 boxes of diapers and 17 boxes of baby milk powder to Eastern Social Welfare Society.

“Microsoft is delighted to collaborate with the Korea Women’s Network to organise this event in conjunction with the annual International Women’s Day celebration, and at the same time help to raise funds and support Eastern Social Welfare Society. We are also greatly encouraged by how our employees have stepped up to make a positive impact on society,” said James Kim, Country Manager of Microsoft Korea, who was one of the senior executives from Microsoft who took part in the event.

The KWN also announced that it would be kicking off a new monthly volunteering programme starting on 8 March with the participation of around 30 female volunteers, led by Microsoft’s Bong Joo Kim, Partner Territory Manager, Small, Mid-market Solutions and Partner (SMS&P) Group, and So Young Lee, Community Programme Manager. Under the new programme, the volunteers will visit the Eastern Social Welfare Society on every second Friday of each month to provide care for newborn babies who are waiting to be adopted.

Jin Sook Kim, President of Eastern Social Welfare Society, said, “We will continue to work closely with our partners from both the corporate and nonprofit sectors to improve the welfare of disadvantaged children in South Korea. We would like to thank Microsoft and KWN for successfully running the charity auction, and the generous donations made during the event will go towards enriching the lives of these young children.”  

“We would like to thank Microsoft and KWN for successfully running the charity auction, and the generous donations will go towards enriching the lives of disadvantaged children.” 

- Jin Sook Kim, President, Eastern Social Welfare Society