International Women’s day (IWD) is one month away, and once again, Keele University is thrilled to take part in celebrating this very important event!
Just incase you’re out of the loop, IWD has been observed and celebrated since the early 1900’s (1914 to be precise) where the women of Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women’s solidarity. Since then, every 8th of March, International Women’s Day celebrates in many ways how far women have come in many aspects of society. Now celebrated in almost 30 countries, IWD grows from strength to strength as the years go by… not just for women, but for all of us!
So why is it important for EVERYONE?
Particularly in the new millennium, we have witnessed a drastic shift and change in ideological constructs towards women. On one side of the coin, there was a period in time where women did not have the right to vote, minimal to no right of an education and in many cases did not have right to their own bodies. Flip the coin to 2015 however, and women have fought for so much more. We have seats in Parliament, we are independent… Yet STILL, women are not payed equally, we are not evenly presented in business or politics and on a global scale, our accessibility and quality of education remains inferior to that of men.
THIS is exactly why we need IWD and raise awareness to the fact that the world we live in is still unfair, and we all need to play our part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding!
But how can we help?
The slogan for IWD 2015 is #makeithappen, to advance the recognition of women, our achievements and celebrate the constant development for the females of our future.
If you want to help or take part in any way, the theme for this year is #paintitpurple, which encourages everyone to incorporate purple to their day on the 8th of March. The colour purple is highly symbolic of justice and dignity, two values strongly associated with women’s equality. Sport a bit of purple for the day if you want! For those of you who really want to go to town, maybe dye your hair, or even just paint your nails in a pretty shade of pansy?
Of course, don’t forget to interact on social media, by spreading the hashtags of #paintitpurple and #makeithappen and donate if you can to any women’s charities, all links and more information can be found here.
Thanks for reading my first MCC Blog post, I’m looking forward to posting more content in the future as one of your year 2 representitives!