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08 March 2018

International Women's Day 2018

We’re celebrating International Women’s Day, recognising the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Today marks International Women’s Day, with this year’s theme focusing on the need to ‘Press for Progress’ towards gender parity and encouraging communities, colleagues and friends to be more gender inclusive.

Hollie Venn, NCHA Care and Support Contracts Manager, told us more about why she’s supporting International Women’s Day: “IWD is a chance to focus on the issues for one day that have an impact for women around the world. With late 2017 being dominated by the #metoo and #timesup campaigns it felt exciting and ground breaking to see attention finally being paid to the struggles and inequalities women are routinely facing. By shining a light specifically for women about women this ensures awareness becomes raised on areas such as inequality, harassment (Nottingham are the first police force in the country to count misogyny as a hate crime), domestic and sexual violence and abuse, harmful impacts of austerity…the list goes on. We know sadly that still 2 women each week are killed by their current or former partner – an alarming statistic that stubbornly remains. IWD is important to me to not only highlight all the areas where women are still facing discrimination and violence, but equally have a day where women can come together in solidarity with others, and celebrate simply being women. It helps remind us what else we need to be working on for the other 364 days of the year, to enable women to fully reach their potential. As the lead for NCHA’s domestic abuse services I know first hand the impact domestic abuse has on women and children, and am proud of what we deliver every day to help keep women safe. However until we no longer need such services our work is far from done, and that is why we celebrate IWD.”

Visit the International Women’s Day website for more information on the campaign or get involved on social media using the #IWD18 and #PressforProgress hashtags.