Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is on 8th March, and the campaign this year is ‘Inspire Inclusion’, encouraging everyone to understand the value of women’s inclusion, and develop a sense of belonging and empowerment amongst women themselves.

Marked annually on March 8th, IWD is an opportunity to:

  • celebrate achievements of women
  • educated and rise awareness about equality
  • call for positive change advancing women
  • lobby for accelerated gender parity
  • fundraise for women-focused charities

The first International Women’s Day was held in March 1911, and organisations, groups, and individuals worldwide can all play a part in their community, at work, or at school and home.

To celebrate IWD in school, the National Literacy Trust offers classroom resources for ages 3-14, including plenty of literacy activities and ideas. These resources include book recommendations, suggestions for speaking and listening activities and writing ideas. Oxfam also have teaching resources available, suitable for ages 9-14. BBC is also offering a useful teaching resource with a short video about IWD along with questions for pupils to reflect on. The International Women’s Day website also offers school resources.

Do you have any plans for International Women’s Day? Leave a comment below. If you have any questions or require additional support, please feel free to get in touch at dswp@devon.gov.uk.

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