‘I am a woman
Who has almost forgotten who I am
But know exactly who I want to be
Who is fed up of defending
My right to exist’
Writes one of our Community Reporters in her poem ‘I am a woman’:
8 March was International Women's Day and this year's theme is Inspiring change. It is important for all of us to hear the stories of people who put themselves out there to change their communities so we thought we would shine a spotlight on three inspirational women who are doing this as part to coincide with the IWD message - see the films above. They all spoke at the 'Women Inspiring Women' event for young women held at GMCVO and organised by Macc and Greater Manchester Youth Network.
On a more personal level inspiring women can change and strengthen a family unit even when faced with the worse possible news. Dawn as well as documenting her adventures as a volunteer Street Pastor writes about her experiences as a daughter coping with her mother’s illness in Diary of a daughter.
There are still changes to be made. A recent survey, by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights discovered the shocking fact that around a third of all women in the EU have experienced either physical or sexual violence since the age of 15. www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-26444655
There are places, charities and communities that are trying to make a difference though and help those suffering to make new lives. Hear the stories of women at Manchester Women’s Aid who share their experiences - the fear and lack of confidence they experienced and the new hopes they have for the future. It’s a powerful film that hears the voices of a group of people not normally heard.
In the press
Other things that have been highlighted in the press to coincide with International Women’s Day are:
What does academic success means to women? The University of Cambridge is attempting, through a series of interviews, to find out:
Google doodle team flummoxed by women:
And do we need International Women’s Day?:
‘DONT try and define me
Cause you will be surprised
I am not who you think I am
I'm just ME
I am a woman’
Ends our poet.
International Women’s Day events
There were events happening across the world for International Women’s Day and week. Do you have others you could add?
Next month… we will be featuring young people – do you have a story to tell? Upload it to the Community Reporters site and tag it ‘young people’.