International Women's Day (IWD) takes place on Wednesday 8th March. The day focuses on achieving better outcomes for women, and the need to create a more gender inclusive world. The World Economic Forum predicts that the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186, so there is a lot of work to be done!
For IWD 2017 the theme is #BeBoldForChange, and we are supporting this campaign through our work with women Beneficiaries. Currently 26% of our Beneficiaries are women. They are all facing at least three of the following four multiple needs; homelessness, mental ill health, substance misuse and offending (including Domestic Abuse). We will be celebrating IWD with them in a variety of ways. In the run up to the day, we will be providing each of our women Beneficiaries with a bag filled with essentials, including sanitary items. We will also be asking our women Beneficiaries about things that might inspire and help them on their journey to recovery, and considering how we can support them with their ideas. Plus, some of the Opportunity Nottingham Team will be attending events across the city to celebrate IWD, and we hope to arrange a group outing for our women Beneficiaries.
Our Independent Chair, Jane Todd, is also fully in support of IWD, and recently gave an interview to the Nottingham Post about the role of women in key roles across Nottingham City. You can read the article in full via the link at the bottom of this page.
Our work with women is an essential part of the project. Justine Sadler, our Domestic Violence and Abuse Lead attends numerous meetings across the city and also at a national level regarding women facing multiple and complex needs. Sandra Morgan, one of our Beneficiary Ambassadors also takes a lead on our work with women Beneficiaries and is in the process of setting up a female only Expert Citizen Group. If you would like to find out more call us on 0115 850 4128.
As a starting point for our plans for IWD, we talked about women that had inspired us. Below are some quotes that we particularly liked!
"Don't be afraid to speak up for yourself. Keep fighting for your dreams!" Gabby Douglas, US Olympic Gold Medallist
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." Amelia Earhart, American Aviation Pioneer
"The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who is going to stop me." Ayn Rand, Russian-American Novelist and Philosopher
"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." Eliza Fitzgerald, American Jazz Singer
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." Marie Curie, Polish Physicist.