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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

IWD has been observed for over 100 years in different guises.  In 1977 it was designated by the United Nations as ‘Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace’.  More recently, each year has a different theme – this year it was ‘Each for Equal’  and in 2019 it was “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change”. 

In 2020 we joined Women’s Voices (one of our Partners) at Volunteering Matters who together produced a mini-festival of singing and dancing, poetry, giving time to organisations such as ours to talk about what we did and why.  The Gender Equality Quilt was shown and great food was available.

Last year we joined Suffolk Refugee Support at their event – a wonderful United Nations celebrating women.  In the past we have partnered University of Suffolk.

Among many memorable events was the day a number of our members of our Club went to Cambridge for the Regional meeting and the morning session consisted of a discussion of ‘What Women Want’ to ultimately write a letter to whoever is Prime Minister after the General Election outlining women’s concerns.  The expert contributors were The Principal of Newnham College, Dame Carol Black, Janet Dalrymple, CEO Safer Places, Julia Jaeger, retired Metropolitan Police Inspector and Penelope Brearey-Horne, lecturer in Human Rights at Essex University.

After their short presentations and discussion the letter was drafted.  In the afternoon our members attended the ‘Women of the World’ WOW event.

It is a day that Soroptimists worldwide celebrate.

In 2014, the actual IWD day, Club members joined members from the other Soroptimist Clubs from East Anglia on Silver Street Bridge in Cambridge to raise awareness of the forty million girls around the world who do not get an education and therefore are more likely to end up poor, pregnant and subjected to violence.  They asked the Government to urge other countries to give all the girls in the world an education.

They took part in a performance with young dancers from a stage school to spell out in l7 inch high letters EDUCATE THE WORLD’S GIRLS.  A video was made and can be seen at Educating the World’s Girls

And as a practical step, they collected hundreds of book for a charity to send directly to schools across Southern Africa.