Get involved with our International Women's Day celebrations...
Hello! Your Students’ Guild would like to invite you to celebrate International Women’s Day. It is a fantastic way to reflect on the role of women in our lives but also remind ourselves to cherish them every day!?
The first celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) took place more than a century ago - on the 8th of March in 1911. It was a celebration of women but also their political, cultural, and societal achievements. Back then it was celebrated by a plethora of different countries around the world (Austria - Hungary, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Russia) with different educational incentives, protests and giving females gifts and flowers.
Why do we celebrate it??
Ever since 1911, it has been celebrated worldwide every year to elevate women, promote equality and raise awareness about the still existing disparity.
This year’s theme of IWD is ‘Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.’ It has been chosen by the National Women’s History Alliance. The theme is "both a tribute to the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing and hope throughout history." The theme is an ode to medical and nursing workers, so we would also like to give a special shout out to our female students studying in the College of Medicine and Health - you are doing an amazing job!?
UNESCO also chose their own theme “Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow”,which aims to recognize women as powerful leaders – leading the change and providing a better, more eco-friendly future. It is to emphasize the importance of women in climate change and environmental incentives. To educate yourself on the impact of female activists, we would recommend visiting this site. Also, we would like to thank and mention every woman that took part in the Go Green Week last week – every effort to save the planet goes a long way!
On the other hand - the website internationalwomensday.com?have chosen a different theme with their campaign #BreakTheBias which aims to shine the light on both conscious and?unconscious biases that occur in society and slow down the process of women achieving complete equality.?
Which theme you choose to celebrate is completely up to you! It is important to remember that women influence so many areas of our lives – but also how much work is yet to be done towards equality.
IWD & Exeter
Join your Students’ Guild in celebrating the IWD! For this occasion, we are showcasing our inspiring students on the screens around Devonshire House. They are to shine a light on the importance of the IWD and celebrate our students and their achievements!?
Another way to participate in the IWD is to look at the events of our societies and celebrate this day with them.There are also lots of stalls in the Forum today, such as Strawberry Week, which is a great incentive promoting the creation of a “no shame” community around periods. It aims to stop the social stigma that surrounds female menstruation.
The Library also offers a whole shelf of women- and feminism-related books right outside of the forum entrance. It is a fantastic way to educate yourself on that matter so we would also highly suggest looking into that selection of books!?
Also, take a look at our Instagram for more activities going on during the day!
We hope every female thrives and has a lovely day!
Your Students’ Guild