March 8th is International Women's Day. International Women's Day is the most important day of the year to come together to celebrate women's achievements, raise awareness about women's equality and lobby for accelerated gender parity.
The very first International Women's Day was officially marked on 1911. More than one million people celebrated in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Women demanded the right to vote, to fight against sex discrimination in the workplace, and to hold public office.
Since then things have come along way, but there is a long way to go. In many parts of the world women still live in fear and have fewer rights than imaginable. In our own neighbourhood we still see inequality in every day life - in pay, in decision making and in the share of domestic work. International Women's Day aims to campaign for these issues in support of fairness for all.
In support of International Women's Day, we will be donating 10% of all instore and online sales on March 8th to Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women's Aid.
This combined charity has the mission to
- to promote the equality of women, and
- to promote the benefit of women, suffering, or at risk of, domestic abuse, and their dependants,
The charity provides financial, mental and physical help and education to those suffering from domestic violence and abuse as well as providing a women's centre and community space.
Read more about Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women's Aid on their website About Us | The Pankhurst Trust and Manchester Women's Aid