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International Women's Day 2017

Monday 6 March 2017

Wednesday 8 March is International Women’s Day, the annual celebration of women everywhere.

The international campaign theme this year is #BeBoldForChange, which focuses on forging a better gender inclusive working world. Every person – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women.

QMUL is committed to gender equality through its participation in the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises excellence in an institution's commitment to gender equality.

How you can get involved

  1. There are a range of events taking place locally and all over the world. To find out more, visit:
  2. How will you #BeBoldForChange? Be inspired and sign up at: www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold.
  3. Download and print out a #BeBoldForChange selfie card for social media amplification. Promote your pledge via social media to show your commitment to helping accelerate gender parity, encouraging others to make a pledge too.
  4. Embed the #BeBoldForChange widget on your own website or intranet and call for others to declare their bold action.

About International Women’s Day

It is a day when women are recognised globally for their achievement irrespective of their national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political divisions and it is a time to push for gender parity.

International Women’s Day, originally known as International Working Women’s Day, has its roots in the 20th century labour movements in North America and Europe. It was first marked as early as 1909 in New York, in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies Garment Worker's Union organised by Socialist Party of America. The movement soon spread globally.

“The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” –  world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem.

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