International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March 2018

The Society is supporting International Women’s Day 2018.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

Few facts on gender equality

The UK Equal Pay Act 1970 prohibits any less favourable treatment between men and women in terms of pay and conditions of employment, but current affairs remind us that progress is still needed in this area.

This year marks the centenary of women gaining the right to vote and being eligible in Great Britain, yet women represent less than a third of the 650 MPs elected at the 2017 General Election.

In France, women gained the right to vote and be elected in April 1944, and voted for the first time in 1945. However, in 2018, only 38% of the deputés of the Assemblée Nationale are women.

International Women’s Day reminds us that despite great advancements in improving gender equality, more needs to be done.

If you want to know more about International Women’s Day, its origin and how you can get involved, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com.

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