International Women’s Day 2019
International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter
March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity – this years theme #BalanceforBetter
No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.
International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.
Soroptimist clubs throughout the Region get involved and hold special events for International Women’s Day:
Soroptimist Nantwich & District had a display at the amazing #CreweWomensDay with Laura Smith MP organised by Motherwell. – #womensupportingwomen There was a full programme of speakers, events and workshops, including one from Soroptimist Nantwich member Marion Wade on Modern Slavery.There were lots of exhibitors – the theme was Body Image and Sexual Consent – very important issues to tackle in the current climate. Find out more about us https://buff.ly/2DvNDql
Soroptimist Ellesmere Port had a great meeting to celebrate International Women’s day – each member chose an Inspirational Woman and read out their story giving the reason why they had chosen their particular woman.
They also recognised Ovarian cancer awareness month by all wearing Teal
Recognising “World book day” by bringing an inspirational book to either loan or swap.They are now looking forward to joining the local Guides on 29th March at an event to celebrate” International Women’s day”
Soroptimist Bebington attended a Coffee Morning with the Mayor and Mayoress, dressed as Suffragettes – talking to women from local group about Soroptimist International, and raising funds for new project partners “Incubabies”.
Soroptimist Chester were with Chester Women’s Aid at their celebration for all women (and men) at Chester Town Hall Saturday 9th March. Anne MacDonald was one of the speakers and spoke about Toilet Twinning and the importance of toilets to women and girls in developing countries. On Friday Anne and Carole Rivers gave a presentation on Modern Day Slavery at the Chester University IWD Celebration – Everyday Feminism
Soroptimist Heswall & District held a 3 day manned display at Gordale Garden Centre, Wirral from Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March
Soroptimist Northwich had a stall at Winsford Women’s Day, arranged by Motherwell on 9th March where they also handed over 50 pairs of pants for homeless women in the area.
Soroptimists in Flintshire held an International Women’s Day Free event – 10am-2pm Saturday 9th March at Deeside Leisure Centre. They had speakers who discussed Fairtrade, Ovarian Cancer, Human Trafficking, Mental Health Issues and supporting local homeless people, and an excellent display Showcasing Soroptimist work
Soroptimist Denbigh, Ruthin & District – Period Poverty is fast becoming a major issue for women and girls, members felt that this would be one way to contribute to the well being of local families in difficult circumstances. Since many of our members already support the Foodbanks in Denbigh and Ruthin, this was seen as an appropriate channel. Members purchased and donated sanitary products which were taken to the Foodbanks, who were happy to receive them. We anticipate approximately 50 women will benefit from this donation, and we will consider how this support may be given on an on going basis as we plan our work for 2019/20