Each year, International Women’s Day is becoming a bigger cause for celebration. And in 2018, which many are calling the Year of the Woman, marking a century since some were first given the vote, it is more significant than ever!
The Suffrage centenary, 2018 marks 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK: the introduction of the People’s Representation Act on February 6, 1918 permitted women over 30 who owned a house the right to vote.
This annual event celebrates women’s achievements and pushes forward towards gender equality. This has taken the form of global marches and campaigns, including #MeToo in the United States of America and its counterparts in other countries, protesting against sexual harassment and violence, such as #YoTambien in Mexico, Spain, South America and beyond, #QuellaVoltaChe in Italy, #BalanceTonPorc in France and #Ana_kaman in the Arab States; “Ni Una Menos” (‘not one less’), a campaign against femicide that originated in Argentina; and many others, on issues ranging from equal pay to women’s political representation. The 2018 theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives’.
This year the feminist movement will try to demonstrate on the 8th of March that “If women stop, the world stops” with a strike scheduled on the same Day of Working Women that will be replicated in 177 countries. Spain has joined in this strike. The organization asks women not to go to their jobs, not to take care of family members (faced mainly by women) and to avoid consuming products, specifically those charged with the so-called ‘pink tax’.
Barcelona will have two marches, one just for women on the 7th of March at night, Manfiestació noctura ‘La Nit es Nostra !!!’ (The night is ours!!!) It will start at Plaza Joanic at 20:00h. The march on the 8th will start at 18:30 meeting point will be Passeig de Gràcia/Diagonal.
We can all play a part, collective action and shared responsibility for driving gender parity is what makes International Women’s Day successful.
International Women’s Day belongs to all communities everywhere – governments, companies, charities, educational institutions, networks, associations, the media and more. Whether through a global conference, community gathering, classroom lesson or dinner table conversation, everyone can play a purposeful part in pressing for gender parity.
So make International Women’s Day, YOUR day and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women. Press for Progress!