International Women’s Day (Part 1)

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Its a very important day that highlights that men and women must be regarded as EQUAL in all way. Lots of things happen all over the world this week as groups and people come together to celebrate all the amazing things women have achieved to show EQUALITY must happen!

Each year on the March 8th we celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD).

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

We could now be really formal and give you lots of information and links to things as well as facts and reasons why IWD is so important and must be acknowledged. BUT, for me it is very simple…we should always, everyday, celebrate the achievements of women. I do that by working alongside some amazing young people in the youth clubs and groups that I work. There is no reason why young women from all over Wallsend cannot be amazing and do something incredible, you all have it inside you!

So, if you want to visit a really good and comprehensive website that gives you lots of interesting information as well as some resources you could look at and use then please visit

As International Women’s Day and achievements of women over time is such a huge topic we are going to have 2 sessions about this. Next week we are going have some images of the young people and workers I work with celebrating both young and older women while promoting the 2021 theme of Choose to Challenge.

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

From challenge comes change, so let’s all Choose to Challenge.

So, as we have said in history there have been some amazing women but there some amazing women today, both young and old! I know lots of them!

Here is a little activity you could do….download the sheet below and draw someone who inspires you!

So as we know International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8 – but why is this day important? What does the day signify? This film explores the origins of women’s suffrage (the right to vote) throughout the United Kingdom’s modern history including the impact of World War I on women’s rights and the granting of voting rights for women. It also discusses damaging stereotypes for both girls and boys, the presence of gender inequality that still exists today, and how to celebrate the women in your own life.

Finally, we are going to watch a video made by Vodaphone as part of International Women’s Day 2018 – this video is excellent and challenges some gender stereotypes…

So, you have been given the link to the official International Women’s Day website and please have a good look through it. But I hope in this session the photos and videos and the little write ups have given you a more informal way to look at things…watch out for next weeks session and some images of inspirational people I know.



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