In the last 12 months, we have seen huge stories hit the press that have fuelled global momentum for gender parity – think #MeToo, #TimesUp and more.
And this year’s International Women’s Day is building on this momentum and using the theme Press for Progress to highlight the need to keep motivated in the drive towards women’s equality.
Held every year on March 8, International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 and was started by the Suffragettes. This year’s 107th celebration also marks the 100-year anniversary of Parliament passing a law that allowed some women (over 30) to vote for the first time and the 40th anniversary of Welsh Women’s Aid.
In Wrexham, the day is being marked in many ways. Wrexham Council’s participation team will be giving young women aged between 11 and 20 the chance to shadow inspirational women in various jobs and settings for the day, while charity CLPW Community Interest Company are hosting a women’s-only dinner at Luso Foods Portugese Flavours – and the great news is that this event has proved so popular it has sold out!
There will also be a free screening of the film Suffragette at the Stiwt Theatre in Rhos on the day with opening words from Cllr Gwenfair Jones.
The overall aim of International Women’s Day is to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and mark the call to action for accelerating gender parity.
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