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.