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. For example 2013 was ‘Time for action to end violence against women’ and in 2014 it was ‘Equality for women is progress for all’. It is a day that Soroptimists worldwide celebrate, so that includes members of the Ipswich Club.
On 8th March 2015 was International Women’s Day (IWD) 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.