International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day is one of acknowledgment and action. This day has been recognized since the 1900’s, and have seen many protests and rallies in the name of women’s rights and equality. Through acknowledgment of inequality between men and women, and the actions taken in order to bridge that gap, we have seen female leaders come to power all over the world. Women have become their own bosses and even more are graduating from higher education. With all this progress women of all races still faced with discrimination in their everyday life.

Today at 2pm, Roehampton Students Union will be holding its first Women’s Leadership Conference. This will become an annual event. Head down to Monte Hall in the Union Bar to hear inspirational words from a range of speakers. This year’s key note speaker will be Liliane Landor, a journalist and broadcast executive, as well as a BBC staff member from 1989-2016. Participate in workshops and Q&A as well as a one of a kind networking opportunity with leaders.

This year’s campaign theme for International Women’s Day is: #BeBoldForChange. You can participate in the campaign even if you can’t make it to a rally or take off work by wearing red. There are also other things you can do such as not buying lunch, or spending any money at all today.

Although women are celebrated and highlighted on this wonderful day, this is truly an all year campaign. If you aren’t sure how you can help support this cause, visit the International Women’s Day website. They provide support, resources, ideas and more.

There may be a lot going on in the world today, but it’s important not to let women’s rights and equality take a back seat. Women must not be silent in the face of injustice. Stand up for one another and be the voice for those who haven’t yet found theirs.

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