Do We Need International Women’s Day?

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Sunday the 8th of March is International Women’s Day.

People have been asking me all week if we even need a special day for women at all. Gender equality has basically been achieved, hasn’t it?

On the surface we’ve made massive advancements towards gender equality in the UK. But, look at the facts and you’ll see we’re actually backsliding; the UK has slipped from 9th place to 26th place in the Global Gender Gap Report produced by the World Economic Forum.

It’s estimated that it will take 80 years to close the global gender gap if we keep going at the same rate.

It’s easy to forget that we are a global community whilst living in relative comfort here in the UK but this fact still remains:

No country has ever actually achieved gender equality.

IWD is important because it galvanises people, raises awareness and shows support for women who need it the world-over. It reminds and inspires people to push for change.

This year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’. Whether your activism is something small like wearing a purple ribbon or signing an online petition, or something big like leading a march, if you believe in gender equality then make something happen in your community.

The issues can’t hide if we all speak about them.

There are a ton of events going on in Wales on 8th March and throughout next week:

The Pembrokeshire Women’s Festival
7th – 15th March
“Yoga classes, talks, exhibitions and plays”
https://www.facebook.com/pembswomensfestival

Abortion Rights Cardiff March
8th March
12:00 – 13:45
“In many cases women are criminalised for trying to express autonomy over the own bodies; we will be marching in solidarity with women around the world”
https://www.facebook.com/events/773505839405360/

The Welsh Women’s Summit
8th March
10:00 – 15:00
“An annual event bringing together diverse women and key decision-makers, to discuss issues facing under-represented groups in communities and public life in Wales”
http://www.vcscardiff.org.uk/?p=2928

Cardiff University Feminist Themed Social
8th March
19:00 – 22:00
http://www.cardiffstudents.com/ents/event/5211/

International Women’s Day – Live in Concert
8th March
19:30
“An evening of exploring the role of women in classical music”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e4zfxj

International Women’s Day event at County Hall, Cardiff
10th March
11:30 – 15:00 or 17:00 – 20:30
“Making it Happen: Have your say on violence and abuse against women and girls”
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-event-wales-migration-partnership-south-wales-police-crime-commissioner-tickets-15745934514

For a full list of events and for more information on the history of International Women’s Day, visit the official website:
http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

Facts on gender inequality:
http://ukfeminista.org.uk/take-action/facts-and-statistics-on-gender-inequality/ 

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