International Women’s Day: A Celebration or a Protest?

Happy International Woman’s Day! The significant day in the diary comes around each year and faces the usual criticism: “When is International Men’s Day?… Why do we need a day to celebrate women?”.

Some may say we don’t need a dedicated date to celebrate the women around us, it should be something that is ingrained in society. But, it’s hard to know whether 8th March is actually a celebration or a protest…

Each year, International Women’s Day comes around and we’re still facing inequality. Of course, we have come a long way in terms of women being seen as equals. Women now hold one in three board positions at Britain’s biggest companies and the gender pay gap improved between 2018 and 2019. But there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

This year the theme for International Women’s Day is #EachForEqual, with their tagline stating An equal world is an enabled world.’

The 8th March serves as an annual reminder that change needs to happen. It’s up to society to ‘challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements’, and International Women’s Day is the perfect platform to protest for these improvements for gender equality.

It encourages women to find their voice if they don’t feel like they can speak out.

We all have the power to create change. One of the many stand-out individuals of the past year is Gina Martin, the amazing woman who made upskirting illegal after she was targeted at a festival in 2017. When Gina went to the police to report the incident, she was told there were no legal implications to a man taking a picture under her skirt without her consent. So she made a stand and got her law passed in Parliament.

So today is a day to celebrate those, like Gina, who have made a change to how the world sees women, and strive to make a change ourselves, no matter how big or little it may seem.

So embrace International Women’s Day, it’s an empowering day full of love and support for women that are standing in solidarity for change that will last longer than 8th March.

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