International Women’s Day 8 March 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress

As International Women’s Day approaches I find myself wondering how much progress has actually been made in gender equality since the experiences of Manchester City Council in the 80s, as documented in chapters 5 and 15 of Manchester 1984. It feels to me that the very same issues are being talked about as were when I was growing up. How can this still be so?

Kath always celebrated International Women’s Day and sent cards to her female friends. So in her memory I have added this blog post about the day.

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.”​

“With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress.” (Read more about this year’s theme here:

“Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. A strong call to #PressforProgress. A strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

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