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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) held on 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 women’s equality.

IWD has taken place for well over a century, with it’s first gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

Swindon Soroptimists have highlighted this day for many years taking part in many events. For several years we arranged  the global “Join Me on the Bridge” campaign, standing on a footbridge in Swindon inviting anyone interested in issues of equality, violence against women, women’s health and peace in the world, to join with us.  We aimed to show that Swindon people are willing to stand up for women to have equal status in every facet of life here and throughout the world.

We have handed out leaflets on issues such as Trafficking and Ovarian Cancer and Healthy Relationships bookmarks.

The IWD 2022 campaign theme is  #BreakTheBias

Imagine A Gender Equal World………

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

International Women's Day ~Break The Bias

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women’s equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.

Swindon Soroptimists plan to hand out 100 flowers to women outside the Swindon Outlet to show their support for women and hold placards, encouraging all passers by to pledge to #BreakThe Bias.

Club Activity In Previous Years

Even though lockdown was in force in 2021 members ensured they highlighted IWD by holding an online Zoom event with a local business women’s group.  They were joined by fellow Soroptimists from the Region.

Ladies were asked to show their support with the “#ChooseToChallenge” hands up symbol and speak about the word of their choice to describe women.

In 2019 Swindon club joined the Salisbury Club celebrating IWD at the TownHall with the Mayor and Mayoress

Salisbury Mayor & Mayoress Carrie & John Walsh with Swindon Pres Valerie

President Valerie and club member Lydia with the Club IWD stand in Swindon Central Library foyer

Member Lydia with the Club IWD stand in Swindon Central Library

Member Lydia with the Club IWD stand in Swindon Central Library
and the club’s new Soroptimists banner

In 2014 and 2015, there was a general IWD event at the Central Library.  The members  mounted a Soroptimists display showing the different ways Soroptimists work to improve the lives of women and girls.

They spoke to users of the library and handed out information leaflets and their Healthy Relationships bookmarks.

They continued manning a display each year on IWD until 2018.

In 2014  Club members joined a Regional Soroptimist gathering, when Members from throughout the South West  converged on Taunton, with  a March through the town and a presentation to the lady Mayor of Malala Yousafzai’s  book.


Members Jenny and Lydia with representatives of other local women’s organisations at the “Join Me on the Bridge’  IWD event, braving the rain on the footbridge over Princes Street


Swindon members holding our Club banner to highlight IWD “Join me on the Bridge”


Frank Mullane from AAFDA and members of Swindon Club celebrating the IWD centenary in 2011