Posted on: Apr 24, 2018
"The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."
I want to start this blog post by celebrating all that women have achieved over the past year. 2017 was a big year for activism and speaking out against sexism which has led to powerful movements fuelling change, such as #TimesUp and #MeToo. This has given many women the courage to speak out against sexual misconduct across various industries. 2017 also saw a big push in promoting women in STEM, more female politicians on the world's stage than ever before, as well as F1's banishment of grid girls.
Despite all of this progress, we are still a long way from accomplishing the original aim of IWD, which is to achieve gender equality. Current statistics show that the gender gap will not close until 2186, women are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted than a man, and that young girls as young as 5 are concerned about their body image. Not to mention issues such as FGM, sex-trafficking, and domestic abuse, it is obvious that the equality we seek is still a long way off.
This year's IWD theme was #PressforProgress which is all about continuing global activism and the fight for equality. Here are several ways you can advocate change in your school.
- Download the IWD #PressforProgress selfie cards and visually share your support via social media
- Create a library display showcasing fantastic female authors that promote positive female role models. If you need some inspiration you can find our collection here
- Invite local feminists, business leaders, or role models to your school to run a mini-lecture on their views about gender parity
- Host a poster competition or workshop to help raise greater awareness of