Thursday 8 March 2012 is International Women’s Day. This day is a celebration of women, their successes, achievements and the significant contributions women continue to make to society.
It’s an opportunity to look back and see how far women have come along in society and recognise the progress that has been made in the fight for equal rights for women and closing the gender divide that exists.
However, this day is not just about celebrating where women are, it’s also a time to reflect on the challenges that still lie ahead, remember that there is still no place in the world where women have equal rights to men, think about the many women who suffer from discrimination every day and decide what happens next to challenge sexism, in it’s many shapes and forms.
Whilst 8 March marks the day, March is now very much seen as International Women’s Month. Many women’s organisations and campaigns will be running various events, from marches, to film screenings, to music and dancing, for people to attend and join in on the celebrations. This is an opportunity to find out more about the women’s movement and how you can get involved.
The NUS Women’s Campaign’s Annual Conference always happens during March and will this year be taking place between 13-15 March in Leeds. Women Student Officers and Activists from Students’ Unions across the country have already booked their places and will come along to participate in debates and discussions, attend workshops on women’s issues and enjoy performances from women acts. Whist the conference will be a fantastic show of how the women’s student movement can come together and make decisions about campaigning and activities, there are many other events going on across the country that people can participate in. Here are 5 events that the NUS Women’s Campaign recommend:
1 – Join Me on the Bridge, Women For Women International – Tuesday 8 March, across the world and in many locations across the UK
Join Me on The Bridge began in 2010 when women in the Congo and Rwanda met on a bridge connecting their two countries to symbolise how they could build bridges for peace and a better future. This has sparked a global movement, with women showing solidarity for the women of war-torn countries. For the London March, details are as follows
08.03.12 London: Millennium Bridge, 10.30am - 2pm (details here)
For more information on where these events are taking place and how you can get involved, please click here.
2 – WoW – Women of the World Festival – 7 – 11 March, London
WOW - Women of the World is a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and conversations that celebrates the talents of women young and old from all walks of life and all parts of the world. WOW asks what obstacles exist that prevent women from realising their potential and debates how to make progress. In WOW you'll hear great stories from women who are breaking the mould in science, enterprise, law, the arts, health, activism, education, politics, sport, fashion , finance and family life. Speed mentoring, a market place, free music, crèche, great food and unexpected discoveries. 7,000 people came last year - so book now.
3 – International Women’s Day Information Fair 2012 – 8 March, Warrington
The Information Fair will be targeted towards girls and young women, providing information and advice on relevant careers where women are under represented. The fair will highlight relevant opportunities, such as enterprise and business networks. Catering students are also holding a cake sale to fundraise towards a women’s charity. For further information, please click here.
4 – Connecting Women: Inspiring Futures – 8 March, Liverpool
An informative multi-faceted event with inspirational female speakers focusing on the importance of women’s empowerment. The evening will provide an excellent platform for women and men to network with representatives from a whole host of organisations that are strengthening the position of women both locally and globally. With free food and refreshments and a chance to see Oxfam's 'Birthrights' photography exhibition. For further information, please click here.
5 - ACT – United to End Violence Against Women – 11 March, Cardiff
Cardiff Feminist Network is delighted to present ACT: Advocate, Challenge, Transform. A one-day conference to celebrate International Women’s Day. We’ll be featuring 12 workshops run by feminist organisations and protest music workshops and information stalls. Our main speaker will be feminist activist and researcher Finn Mackay. Please click here for more information.
And for further information on events taking place up and down the country, please go to: www.internationalwomensday.com