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Celebrate International Women's Day 2018

by Jemma Fletcher (follow)
Make International Women's Day your day – everyday!

World-renowned feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem once explained "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organisation, but to the collective efforts of ALL who care about human rights."

You may have seen on social media over recent months the uprising of the #MeToo hashtag, which was created to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.

The phrase has been posted online millions of times, with a driving force from popular female celebrities sharing their own #MeToo stories. The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Uma Thurman, combined with the bravery from everyday women speaking out too, has shone a BRIGHT light on what women deal with on a daily basis. Subsequently, this evolved into the Time's Up Now movement and with this, women are finally being recognised as a force to reckoned with.

The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality in the workplace. It's time to do something about it.

Not only has this hashtag empowered women to speak out about sexual assault and harassment (the life sentence for former U.S. Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar being one astonishing example), but it has also brought gender equality to centre stage, and the media is now openly discussing all kinds of crucial matters.

Now we're all fired up and pumped to contribute to this ongoing inequality battle, let's note that International Women's Day is on Thursday 8th March 2018.

International Women's Day is a global day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's also an empowering day to accelerate gender equality. This year the theme is #PressforProgress, which encourages friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

Each year, thousands of International Women's Day events are held all over the world, and we encourage you to find one that grabs your interest, and to go along to to be inspired and further educated.

Enter your city HERE to find what's happening near you.

We've also rounded up the best International Women's Day events in the below cities:

So make International Women's Day YOUR day and do what you can to make a positive difference for women.

#IWD2018 #PressforProgress

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