International Women’s Day happens every year on 8 March. It is a global day celebrating the achievements of women and girls everywhere, as well as ways that we can all work together to make the world a fairer place for everyone.
Although there has been lots of progress in women’s rights since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, there are still times when women are still treated poorly and not given the same opportunities. Can you think of any?
This is why International Women’s Day is so important. Everyone has a role to play in supporting women and girls to achieve their ambitions and to lead happy and healthy lives.
This year the theme of International Women’s Day is ‘embrace equity’.
What is the difference between equity and equality?
Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities.
Equity recognises that each person has different circumstances, and gives the same resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.
Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful, in all aspects of their life.
Find more about women’s rights
In some parts of the world, girls aren’t allowed to go to school…why? Because they are girls! Can you imagine being prevented from going to School? This could stop you from getting the job of your dreams.
After the First World War, women were banned from playing football by the Football Association (FA). The ban remained until 1971. Popularity of women’s football is rising and attitudes to the game are starting to change, football is now the largest female team sport in England.
However, there are still huge disparities between men and women playing the game, for example how much players get paid.
There are rights to make sure girls and women are treated fairly – get to know them, visit Amnesty International to learn more
Did you know?
Women face more obstacles when it comes to their health. Women are underrepresented in clinical trials for example. Often girls and women may avoid seeking medical help, or feel they are not heard when they do. A woman with severe period cramps may feel their symptoms are ‘normal’ and must be endured, even though it is disrupting their lives.
If you or anyone you know suffers from period pains that interrupt daily life, advice and support can be sought from your GP or school nurse. You can contact your School nurse via Chathealth
Written by Elin Evans School Nurse