This year is the centenary of International Women’s Day. The event was initally started in 1911 to campaign for equal workers rights, be trained, hold public office and most notably have the vote. We have seen the role of women in society change dramatically since then through two world wars, creation of the women’s movement and evolution of technology and telecommunications. IWD celebrates the achievements of women as well as draw attention to the continues plight of women in communities all over the world. The United Nations theme this year for IWD is ‘The Pathway to decent work for women’ but there is no official theme, each country chooses their own.
What do you think are the biggest achievements for women in the last century? Which events or decades had the most impact in women’s role in society? We want to hear your views, so post your comments below.
Brighton Women’s Centre has two events in their calendar in celebration of IWD including a music night on Wednesday 9th March at the Green Door Store, check their website for details.
Sussex’s International Women’s Day is being held on Saturday 12th March, 10am – 4pm at The Laburnum Centre, Lyon Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex PO21 1UX. It’s a free event for women and girls with live music, workshops and classes.
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