Thursday, 5 March 2015

International Women's Day Party 2015

IWD stands for (International Women's Day). Here are some Festival Themed Party for you and your loved ones. Hope you are inspired by the extraordinary things ordinary women of our generation advocate. Much love to you all.

You all love a good celebration, don't you? I'm sure you do. Well, The Women's Organisation brings you international women's day celebration on Thursday 5th March, 2pm-4.30pm. The event will take place at 54 St James, adjacent to Chinatown and Liverpool One.

Tickets are FREE for this event. Get yours HERE

First up, an International Women's Day Festival Launch Party at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Eton Avenue London, NW3 3HY. London.

This event will take place Thursday 5th March at 6pm-11pm. For more information and tickets, please contact the University directly.

Another event is from Glasgow taking place Friday 6th March 3pm-6pm. The event is a vintage tea party to celebrate the strength of women through the ages. It is FREE, with a range of activities- dance, nails, yoga, self-defence and so on. This event will take place at G31 Centre, 67 Yate Street, G31 4AW.

This event is organised by Prevention and Education North East, The Glasgow Council on Alcohol. Please Click here for more information.


Tuesday, 3 March 2015

International Women's Day Events 2015

Event: International Women's Day: Women in Peace & Conflict Conference.

Date & time: 4th March 2015, 9:30am-4:30pm

About: This event brings together established academics, practitioners and postgraduate students to identify the historical and contemporary involvement of women in peace and conflict.

Venue: Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool L16 9JA.

Organisation: The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies.

For more information, please Click here

Event: Quotas: the only way, or no way? Gender imbalance and equality vs quality.
Date & time: 4th March 2015, 12noon-2pm.
About: A debate with a panel of first class speakers who will consider the use of quotas with regard to gender equality. This event is hosted by The University of Liverpool.
Venue: Victoria Gallery & Museum, L69 3DR.
This event is FREE. To obtain your ticket, please Click here
Images: Eighteen Forever

International Women's Day 2015

International Women's Day celebration is a fantastic day to celebrate and honour women advocating and creating positive change. It is also a day to raise issues women face globally. Like many events for positive discrimination, International Women's Day is very much needed. You only need to look at statistics by UNICEF and WHO to understand some of the issues. Some will argue that, women now have all the equality they fought and campaigned for. Well....I disagree. The fact that globally, women are underpaid, undervalued and marginalised is an issue, that makes it an issue, therefore we don't have all the equality we deserve.  

Over the past few years, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been an international focus. It is a practice that is condemned by international treaties and conventions and, by many national laws even in Africa. But the battle is not over!

FGM is where young girls or women have all or part of their clitoris and inner and outer labia sliced off without anaesthesia. Sometimes, part of their vaginas are sewn up too (UNICEF, 2014). FGM is concentrated in 29 countries across Africa and The Middle East. However, this practice is widespread in lower adolescent girls than in middle-aged women. Over 130m girls and women have undergone FGM, 40 to 50 are treated on a monthly basis after undergoing such procedure in Birmingham, UK (The Independent, 2014).

Working rights is also a concern for women. In the UK, the gender pay gap for full timer workers stands at 15% and 35% for part time workers. On average, women earn £5k less than their male colleagues. Also, men are economically active in the workplace with 84% compared to 71% of women. Only 24% of women are in managerial jobs globally. Human Rights revealed that, it will take 70 years to see equal genders in director roles in FTSE 100 companies. Outrageous is an understatement to the latter assertion.

Education is the single most important civil right issue in America according to Michelle Obama in a statement last month. Personally, education is an issue worldwide. Some have the means but perform badly whilst others don't have the means and therefore no performance measures. Education is beyond credentials or affirmation of ones presence at an educational institution. Rather, it is an opportunity that should allow people to broaden their horizon, think and challenge views.
Girls facts from Plan International 2014.  
  • The leading cause of death in girls aged 15-19yrs in developing countries is pregnancy.
  • An extra year of mother schooling cuts infants mortality by 5% and 10%.
  • 62m girls across the world are out of school.
  • Globally, 1 in 5 girls in lower secondary school age is out of school.
  • 1 in 3 girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18.
  • 1 in 9 marries before the age of 15.
  • Every year, 15m girls are forced into marriage.
  • 150m girls under the age of 18 have experienced rape or other forms of sexual violence.
The above issues and facts are not the only issues women face globally, but they are some of those issues that need to be addressed before change can be restored in our society. "If you educate a man, you educate an individual. If you educate a woman, you educate a nation" (African Proverb).

What's your International Women's Day theme this year?


Plan International (2014). [Online] [Accessed 3rd March 2015].

The Independent (2014) International Women's Day 2014: The shocking statistics that still show why it is important. [Online] [Accessed 3rd March 2015].

UNICEF (2014) Female genital mutilation and cutting. [Online] [Accessed 3rd March 2015].