Students campaign to close gender gap
STUDENTS have joined the campaign for a more inclusive, gender equal world as part of International Women’s Day.
The day commemorates the movement for women’s rights. This year’s campaign is #BeBoldforChange which focuses on the challenges facing women and how technology can play a role in resolving them.
Students from King’s Girls’ School and Macclesfield College took part in a series of activities to see if they can come up with ways of resolving some of the issues.
King’s pupils were chal- lenged to design and produce videos on this year’s theme, which were then played to the whole Girls’ Division as part of a wider discussion of gender and cultural issues.
Sarah Catlin, 16, said while the gender pay gap is narrowing, it should no longer exist.
She said: “The fall in the gender pay gap from 17 per cent at the turn of the century to 9.4pc now is an improvement, but it’s not equal.
“It’s not correct to say it can’t fall any further because women are the primary carers, men can be primary carers too.”
Anna Baldwin, 16, added: “We might have some ground-breaking political leaders who are women such as Theresa May, Nicola Sturgeon and Arlene Foster but there are more chief executive officers named John then there are women running Britain’s top companies.”
Students at Macclesfield College worked with staff from digital design agency Sigma to come up with ideas on how to tackle inequality.
The staff from Sigma joined them as part of the SHIFT programme, a council initiative to celebrate digital arts and tech.
They were split into four teams and after identifying problems, set about creating tech driven solutions, with awards for the best performing teams.
Shahina Patel, project manager at Sigma, said: “The students were given a challenging task but the teams pulled together straight away and kept the energy up throughout the day.
“The groups tackled the issues of gender inequalities with creativity and originality. We were really impressed with the ideas they came up with.”
International Women’s Day at King’s Girls’ (from left): Lizzie Adams, Anna Baldwin, Zara Shutt, Izzy Stevens, Adele Le Moignon, Jess Krajewski, Megan Huddy, Katie Hayward, Sarah Caitlin and Alice Carter