International Women’s Day at Action for Children
International Women’s Day (8th March) is a great opportunity to celebrate the contribution women have made to society but to also recognise the need to continue raising awareness of gender equality. Whilst society has come a long way with regards to gender equality, women are still challenging stereotypes, the gender pay-gap and the lack of women in senior management roles and on boards. There is still a long road ahead of us before we have equality.
International Women’s Day provides a time of reflection in terms of the achievements of women, inspirational women and role models. I hope that the children, young people and families that Action for Children works with are able to identify female role models within their service and that they feel inspired to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Celebrating women and women’s achievement has been important in both my professional and personal life. I have grown up surrounded by strong female role models with the self-belief that I have the capacity to achieve whatever I choose to. I am confident and strong with a healthy self-esteem which I attribute not only to my upbringing but also the professional encouragement, management and support I have had during my career, mainly by women.
Celebrating International Woman’s Day recognises the strength we have as individuals as well as recognising our achievements and struggles through history, all of which contribute to making us who we are. It is a chance to focus on famous and internationally renowned woman who have helped change the world, local heroines who have improved many lives in communities, towns and cities in which we live and ourselves who have the privilege of making a difference to people we have contact with every day.
“Celebrating International Woman’s Day recognises the strength we have as individuals as well as recognising our achievements and struggles through history, all of which contribute to making us who we are.”
Claire Cahill, Children’s Services Manager and Chair of Action for Children’s Celebrate network said : “It’s always great to celebrate International Women’s Day and recognise the contribution of women throughout history. It’s really important for children and young people to recognise successful women and that success is different for every individual. Creating a visible record of women who are also role models ensures that children and young people can relate to the need to celebrate the achievements of women on International Women’s Day, and throughout the year.”
Action for Children are big supporters of celebrating diversity and equality celebration and awareness raising days and initiatives with their employees, volunteers, young people and beyond – recently supporting Black History Month and LGBT History Month.