International Women’s Day 2019
This year’s International Women’s Days Campaign theme is ‘#balanceforbetter’.They’re trying to determine how we can create a more gender-balanced world. Celebrating women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias and taking action for equality. We took a look at some inspirational moments from the past few years which have helped towards gaining gender equality.
1st January 2019- Wall of Protest, India
Just two months ago, one of the biggest movements towards women's rights in India occurred when 5 million women lined up across the length of the southern state of Kerala to ‘uphold Renaissance values’. They were fighting to put an end to violence against women trying to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala temple, a popular Hindu pilgrimage site.
Since 1991, the temple had accepted only men and older women, sometimes in their millions every year to preserve the beliefs of the ruling deity, Ayyappa. In India’s supreme court in September, they ruled that the temple’s doors must be open to women of all ages- an awful blow to religious tradition.
20th January 2018- Women's March, New York
An overwhelming number of revelations about powerful men abusing women lead to the #MeToo movement back in 2017. It pushed activists to demand deeper social and political change and to gain movement towards electoral victories. More than 200,000 protesters attended the march in New York in 2018 according to Mayor Bill de Blasio to continue with the movement. Just a year after millions of people turned out for the Women’s March to protest President Trump’s inauguration. In Los Angeles, it was recorded that 600,000 people attended whilst the organisers of the Chicago march claimed than 300,000 also attended their event.
21st January 2018- Times Up Women’s March, London
Thousands of people lined the streets of London despite the heavy rain and sleet for the ‘Times Up’ rally in honour of the campaign launched in January 2018 in Hollywood to counter sexual harassment in the entertainment business and workplace. Protesters chanted ‘Times Up’ and ‘We want revenge not justice’. There were speeches from women’s rights activist Helen Pankhurst and journalist and author Reni Eddo-Lodge. Labour MP Stella Creasy that a Times Up fund would be brought into place to ensure women have access to money to fight legal costs.’
And just yesterday, Nasa announced it’s first all women’s spacewalk later this month, 35 years after a women first took place in one. Unfortunately not all of us can do something quite this extravagant but why not let us know how you are planning to mark this International Women’s Day?