8TH MAR 2017
On March 8th, Urban Saints marked the annual International Women's Day by turning our social media channels over to some inspiring women involved in the movement. Our Midlands Director, Sara, introduces the "takeover".
International Women’s Day purposefully presents us with an opportunity to pause and reflect on the various challenges women have endured in the past, celebrate all the progress that has been made to date, rejoice in the successes of other women and boldly press on, advocating for continued opportunities. It is a day dedicated to remembering the trailblazers who have gone before us and sacrificially given something of themselves to break down gender barriers and change the lives of women today.
This year the theme is #BeBoldForChange and we are being encouraged step forth and champion bold and radical action that will accelerate gender equality. Today, on International Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to praise, bless and honour the amazing women who make a difference in the lives of others. Women who, regardless of their social status, age or ethnicity, stand together in a unique and powerful demonstration of empowerment and unity. Scholars, academics, professionals, students, mothers, daughters, sisters; every day women who want to encourage and engender change.
Sara Taylor, Midlands Regional Director
QUOTES FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish." ~ Michelle Obama
"In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders." ~ Sheryl Sandberg
"Achieving gender equality requires the engagement of women and men, girls and boys. It is everyone's responsibility." ~ Ban Ki-moon
SOME NOTABLE IWD STATISTICS
62 million girls are denied an education all over the world.
Every year, an estimated 15 million girls under 18 are married worldwide, with little or no say in the matter.
57% of university students graduating with a First Class Degree are women.
To hear extra stories from some phenomenal girls and women from the Midlands, click HERE