Much like children’s birthdays and new school years, it’s funny how quickly International Women’s Day (IWD) rolls around again. And, my, it’s been quite the year.
Last month we celebrate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act and votes for women in the UK yet according to the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report true gender parity is over 200 years away. Yep, you read that right: 200 years.
As depressing as the figure above might be, you can’t fail to have noticed women rising up and making their voices heard over the past twelve months. Global activism for equality is being fuelled by movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp and momentum is building by the day.
Yet all the black frock photo calls and instagram hashtags in the world won’t make a difference if we don’t keep fighting, stay united and refuse to stop until every woman, regardless of her place of birth or circumstances, has an equal chance in life.
This year’s IWD campaign invites women and men everywhere to #PressforProgress. Here’s what you can do to help.
Head over to the International Women’s Day website and take the #PressforProgress pledge.
Make a stand
Share your support on social media by taking a ‘hands out’ photo to show you’re pressing for progress. Or use the IWD selfie cards.
Take part in one of the numerous IWD events running across the country.
Be the change you want to see in the world. Be a good role model, challenge preconceptions, check your privilege, teach your children about equality in all its forms, celebrate diversity and make sure you never stop learning. Whether you’re reading Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls at bedtime, campaigning for girls to play football (or boys to play netball) at your child’s school or just making sure gender equality is a priority at home…it’s one step closer to the progress we want to make reality.