The theme of International Women’s Day (IWD) this year is #PressForProgress in recognition of  advocacy, activism and calls for advancement in equity across social-political-economic and cultural frameworks. It gives everyone the opportunity to recognise the extraordinary resilience, courage and determination of women.

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In the UK 2018 marks 100 years since (some) women were given the right to vote in the UK: the introduction of the People’s Representation Act on February 6, 1918 permitted women over 30 who owned a house the right to vote. This year also sees Gender Pay Gap reporting which has revealed substantial disparities in workplaces across the country and the continued oppression of women through low wages and inequitable promotion structures.

IWD generates considerable activity around the globe. It is an official holiday in countries such as Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (for women only), Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Madagascar (for women only), Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Nepal (for women only), Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.

You can search for an event near you at the IWD website.

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Source: Transgender Europe https://tgeu.org/

In Brighton, “Hijack” Children’s Festival is putting on a one-off event to celebrate International Women’s Day, especially for children aged 4-11yrs and their families. The event provides the opportunity for children and adults to explore gender stereotypes. In attendance will be:

  • Brighton and Hove Toy Library with gender neutral toys, books and games
  • Nail Transphobia  will be there, with Charlie Craggs’ pop up nail salon and free manicures.
  • Artist Alina Azadeh will be there to encourage craft-making activities.

Bookings can be made from  Komedia

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Photo © 2012 Prashant Panjiar