Fife Centre for Equalities, along with many partners in Fife, are supporting the International Women’s Day.

This year’s theme is ‘press for progress’ which aims to highlight the amazing achievements of women across the world in tackling discrimination across all areas of life, work, education and training, Civil Rights and Health.

International Women’s Day was officially recognised in 1917 and took place during the time when women in the UK, united in the Suffragette movement, fought for the right to vote.

We are now celebrating the 100th anniversary of the success of the Suffragette movement, remembering the brave and inspirational women who joined together to successfully challenge the discrimination and who then influenced politics for generations.

Over the intervening years, women’s lives have changed greatly and laws have gone some way to improve gender equality, but despite legislation regarding equal pay, matrimonial homes and sexual offences, many women continue to be disadvantaged.

We are more aware of Gender Inequality and Violence against Women than ever before.

Today, women across the world are speaking out about sexual harassment – whether that is in Hollywood, politics or the #MeToo campaign.

It has forced employers to think carefully about processes that enable women to report and speak out about sexual harassment.

Women in the BBC have highlighted discrimination in terms of both respect and pay. Women and trade unions campaign for work of equal value to be recognised. Employers with over 250 staff are now required to publish their gender pay gap statistics.

So the journey continues…

Today Women still have to press for progress for their equal pay, equal rights and free from any form of gender-based violence.

So while we want to celebrate the journey so far …we still have a long way to go!

Fife Centre for Equalities supports the ‘press for progress’ for women by ensuring that gender equality is being progressed in every equality movement.

Mrs Nina Munday, Manager of Fife Centre for Equalities stated: “It is important that we all work together to create a society where every women (inclusive of trans women) regardless of their age, ethnicity, disability, religion or sexual orientation are able to enjoy an equal access of opportunities to lead a fulfilling life without fear of harm.  One of the best ways to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in the UK would be to encourage women of marginalised groups to be active in the political systems, from registering to vote to standing for election.  This way every women’s voice will be heard.”

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