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MNHQ here: anyone up for an International Women's Day activism thread?(8 Posts)
As lots of you will know, it's International Women's Day tomorrow (March 8).
We've had a couple of approaches from charities and organisations wanting us to highlight pieces of activity they're running around IWD, so we thought we'd start this thread to let you know about them and also to highlight something we've been doing.
And of course do please add any similar things you think other MNers would like to know about.
1) The White Ribbon Alliance, a global movement for reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights, wants to know ‘What Women Want’ - they're running a survey of a million women worldwide with one simple question: what’s your one request for quality reproductive health and maternal healthcare services? Click through to take the survey and tell 'em what you want
2) Best for Britain, a lobby group 'committed to finding a democratic way to stop Brexit', says 'Brexit would be the biggest step backwards for women’s rights for over a century' and is running a petition urging MPs to 'commit to maintaining and enforcing the highest standards of women’s rights, as championed by the EU'. Click here to check it out.
3) We at MNHQ recently launched a campaign calling on the government to force large employers (250+ employees) to include details of their maternity, paternity and adoptive pay and leave policies in their gender pay gap reporting. Check out our campaign page here and find out how you can support the campaign.
Do add any other IWD stuff you think other users would like to know about
Another one, hot off the press:
The Fawcett Society has launched a campaign to #SmashStereotypes - they are asking supporters to post a picture of themselves as a child on social media today with the following completed caption:
When I was a kid... (insert gender stereotype you experienced e.g. feeling like you couldn't play with certain toys) I'm joining the conversation to #SmashStereotypes with *@fawcettsociety this #IWD2019*
You can read more about their new campaign, including new research which highlights the lifelong impact of gender stereotyping in childhood, here.
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Every day is a day of activism on FWR.
My problem with the Fawcett Society is that they refuse to see the link between gender stereotyping and the idea that being a girl / woman is a feeling in somebody’s head.
Sadly I have to agree about the Fawcett Society.
Re the Fawcett society - when I was a child I was free to run around in my big brother’s old jeans and a t shirt, with short hair, and no one suggested that I might want to “identify” as a boy.
ReSisters United asked women to visit or contact their MP for International Women’s Day, to talk about the need for single-sex spaces and why clearer guidance is necessary on the Equality Act.