International Women's Day 2019



As you may be aware, today is International Women’s Day. A day that celebrates Women and also emphasis the inequalities that are still faced in many societies across the world.

This year’s focus is Balance for Better (#BalanceforBetter) and this doesn’t just end on International Women’s Day and is something that is a huge focus in today’s societies across the world. The campaign theme provides a unified direction to guide and spur continuous collective action, with #BalanceforBetter activities reinforced all year.

Balance is not just a women's issue, it’s an issue that faces us all in our every day lives and at work. Action is being taken across all sectors to have a gender-balance throughout society from gender-balanced boardrooms, gender-balanced government’s, gender-balanced media coverage, a gender-balance of employees, more gender-balance in wealth and even gender-balanced sports coverage.

Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive.

Each and everyone of us can help achieve this aim and we are already doing so much already and today is not only about raising awareness of gender-balance within society but also about celebrating achievements of women across the globe.

Gloria Steinem, world-renowned feminist, journalist and activist once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights."

To show your support for #BalanceforBalance why not Strike the Balance for Better Pose and post on your social media channels to encourage others to encourage gender-balance across society and to raise awareness of this issue and International Women’s Day.

At Trafford House  we have some resources dotted around that you can include in your photo’s – why not also send these through to the People and Talent Team and we will display these to show your support.

There are also a number of Events going on around Manchester

Women who shaped Manchester

Date: Everyday until Sunday, 10 March 2019

Time: All day but with two free tours on Friday, 8 March 2019: 11am–11.45am and 3pm–3.45pm

Location: The John Rylands Library University of Manchester

The ‘Women Who Shaped Manchester’ exhibition tells the stories of exceptional women from Manchester’s past – from the mill workers to the protesters who galvanised the streets. It's open every day at The John Rylands Library, until Sunday, 10 March.

Girls Night Out at Jodrell Bank

Date: Friday, 8 March 2019

Time: 7pm–10pm

Location: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

This bi-annual celebration of women and girls in science returns. Learn about the link between Martian meteorites and data from space missions with Dr Natasha Stephen, explore the inflatable planetarium and meet our early-career researchers. This event is aimed at adults and children aged 12+ and tickets are £13.50 or £12.50 for annual pass holders.

International Women’s Day: Women in Sport

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Time: Refreshments at 6pm, discussions from 6.30pm. A drinks and canapés reception will follow and the evening will close at 8.45pm.

Location: Whitworth Hall

Sport is one of the most powerful platforms for promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls. Women are far more visible in sports today than at any previous point in history but there is still a long way to go. Join our expert panel to discuss issues around women taking part in sporting activities, leadership positions in sport governance and the gender prize money gap.

8th March 2019

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