World of opportunity
In celebration of International Women’s Day this month, we meet the next generation who are leading the way when it comes to the ongoing fight for equality
In 1911, an International Women’s Day was observed for the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, where more than one million men and women came together to demand the right for women to vote, to hold public office and to have equal access to employment. By 1975, International Women’s Day was officially celebrated worldwide by the UN, and this month it will take place on Friday March 8, with various events, talks and conferences going on around the country.
Although there’s no doubt that huge steps forward have been made since the day was first celebrated, with women now having access to education, employment and the vote, there’s also no doubt that there is still a long way to go. As of 2016 just 23 per cent of all parliamentarians worldwide were women, and some national studies show that as many as 70 per cent of women have experienced some kind of violence during their lifetime. Even here in the UK, according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 26 per cent of women have experienced domestic abuse, which is equivalent to a staggering 4.3 million people. Unequal access to employment persists to be an issue too, and in April 2018 the median gender pay gap of 17.9 per cent made headlines.