Thanks to one of our student volunteers, Sophie Kenfield for producing this blog post
Accelerating gender parity
Whether it be for political reasons or simply a display of love and appreciation, International Women’s Day is a time which brings women into focus across the world; commemorating their economic, cultural, political and social successes.
Taking place on March 8th every year, the earliest Women’s Day ceremony was thought to be started by the Suffragettes and dates back to the early 1900’s – a time which saw a boost in radical ideologies following a rise in population.
Countless action has been taken in the preceding few years to boost global awareness for women following a decline in progress across various countries. The aim is to advance gender equality across the world not only on this day, but every day.
The importance of museums
Through museums, we are given a greater sense of history through interactive experiences we wouldn’t normally have access to. In terms of their educational benefit, it has been proven by researchers that when we have experienced some information firsthand, we are more likely to retain it later on in life.
Various museums have now introduced programmes to celebrate the global focus on gender equality. The use of speakers, activists and innovators, workshops, arts and crafts, causes and campaigns enlighten the public on the reasons behind International Women’s Day, allow us to celebrate the achievements of women through the years and inspire other women, as well as explaining to the public how the event still remains an influential platform to this day.
Find out more about the free ‘Women and Law’ event at the Galleries of Justice Museum 08/03
Making it global
#PledgeForParity was the official campaign theme for International Women’s Day in 2016. All across the world, organisations and individuals pledged their support, in attempt to make the world more gender inclusive.
The theme for this year is #BeBoldForChange. Visit the IWD website to see how you can contribute to a better working world
How to get involved
Are you aged 18 years or over and want to learn more about why we celebrate International Women’s Day? The education team at the museum will be running a workshop for adults, looking at the theme of women, the law and democracy. Head over to the Galleries of Justice Museum in Nottingham’s Lace Market on Weds 8th March between 12:00am – 1:00pm for a FREE one hour session. Please email [email protected] to confirm attendance.