Tuesday 8 March is International Women’s Day.
Why is this important to WI members? Because International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. What could be more ‘on brand’ than that for the WI?
This year, the theme for IWD is #BreakTheBias
We are all asked to imagine a gender equal world.
A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.
A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
A world where difference is valued and celebrated.
Together we can forge women’s equality.
Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Cross your arms to show solidarity.
Why not strike the IWD 2022 pose and share your #BreakTheBias image on our Facebook page using #IWD2022 #BreakTheBias #WomensInstitute to encourage further people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world. We’ll create an online gallery of your selfies.
NFWI has some ideas of ways you can mark the day, including making a ‘No More Violence Against Women’ beaded bracelet. Or why not get a group of your WI members involved in the WI’s new campaigns project: WI Women in Activism, and make a procession banner or pennant flag for use at IWD events or any future marches?
Although there aren’t many in-person events being held in Cornwall to celebrate IWD, if you’re in the Penzance area, you may want to book a ticket to the IWD Charity Cabaret to be held at The Acorn Theatre on Friday 4 March.
There are also plenty of virtual events available for you to attend:
Team England’s IWD Webinar – a discussion of the importance of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the positive potential impact on women’s sport – 8 March
For the Love of the Land and Sea – an interview with two woman, a farmer and a fisherman (is that the word?) – 8 March
Break the Bias: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – the state of gender equality across the UK’s STEM industry continues to be an area of serious concern as women only represent 14.5% of those working in engineering and 19% of those working in tech – 8 March
That’s just a sampling of what’s on offer. Have a look at the IWD website for a full listing of virtual events.