Started by the Suffragettes in the early 1900's, the first International Women's Day was celebrated in 1911. Today the international celebration of women has been adopted the world over and remains one of the most important days of female inspiration and revolution.
This International Women’s Day women are joining together for collective action. By sharing the responsibility for driving gender parity, women on International Women’s Day and beyond, have real power to make the changes they want to see. This is why the theme of International Women’s Day 2018 is #PressforProgress.
For Solent Students’ Union, this is about supporting and striving for international and local change. Your VP Welfare and Community Hanna Head, works tirelessly in the community, with local charities and organisations, to help drive change for Solent students at the university and in the wider city community. The Union itself is proud to support the Ask Angela campaign, in which Solent University, in partnership with University of Southampton, are working with a with a number of bars and venues across the city to continue to improve safety.
As an organisation headed by students, for students, we are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in everything we do. So today we are calling on our members, Sabbatical Officers, Course Representatives, friends and the whole university community to stand together in celebrating women, pushing for change and uniting for gender equality.
Across campus today and in the coming days, the University have events to mark International Women’s Day 2018. You can find them HERE. We will be joining the conversation on our social media, by supporting recent global movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp.
At Solent Students’ Union we want to know how you are celebrating International Women’s Day. Are you helping drive momentum for greater gender equality? Are you thinking about the women in your life who have inspired and motivated you? Are you pledging your support to make positive changes to women’s lives across the globe? Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #PressforProgress, and check out our Facebook for our International Women's Day videos.