INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2023
How far have we come…?
Tomorrow will see the 2023 International Women’s Day and there will be all manner of events and celebrations taking place all over the country. And although it’s an event that is gaining momentum and being featured in the media, just how far have we come in gaining full and lasting equality for all women?
Would you believe International Women’s Day has been around since 1909. It’s described as a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It’s origins in women’s suffrage (it was started in 1909, remember) has evolved into a day of celebration and advancement of women’s rights.
And the fact that it is now a global recognised day of celebration shows there has been some progress, but on reading a prediction by the World Economic Forum states that “Gender parity is about a century away”.
So, it’s not something I will see in my lifetime, or possibly not my two daughters either - although I wish a long life for them both.
So, it needs our generation to carry on flag waving for women of our generation to be vocal and visible in an effort to be seen. You have my permission to be as “gobby” as you like, if it means that some small changes are made to the way women in mid-life are seen and valued.
WITNESSING THE MANCHESTER “WALK FOR WOMEN”
Just a quick addition here, but by happy accident I was in Manchester this last Saturday 4th and witnessed the end of the Walk for Women come to it’s rallying point in St Peters Square (aptly enough where the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst is situated). It was so uplifting to see women from all cultures and all walks of life walking together and ending up in the square to hear some uplifting speakers.
I managed to catch the end of the march on video, to give you a flavour. Here you go…
I hope that IWD2023 goes someway into making the changes we need. If not for us, but for our daughters and granddaughters.
I wish you an enjoyable International Women’s Day tomorrow
Till a fortnight’s time