International Women's Day (IWD) 2017 is asking you to #BeBoldForChange. A call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world.
Overall, Southwark’s population is becoming more affluent, but this masks income and employment inequalities.
Why are women not represented in the workplace and when they are, earn less?
Women are less likely to be in employment than men in Southwark (57.4% vs. 74.3%). This represents a bigger gap in comparison to London.
Women’s wages have always been lower than men’s, but the gap in earnings in Southwark increased from £52.4 per week to £80.4 per week between 2002 and 2014.
In the UK overall, despite growing numbers of female parliamentarians, the target of equal participation of women and men in politics remains distant. Data from Inter-Parliamentary Union’s report highlights that the average share of women in parliaments increased from 11.3% in 1995 to 22.7% in 2015. Until recently the number of male MPs in the current Parliament was higher than female MPs ever elected.
Why are women not taking part in sports in Southwark?
In Southwark, there's a big difference between men’s and women’s levels of participation in sport. Only 22% of women play sport once a week, compared to 46% of men in the borough. Southwark Council and London Sport are working together to tackle these differences, because they believe that leading a more active life, means a happier, healthier and more prosperous community. London Sport want to hear from women in Southwark so that organisations in the borough can improve their services, email Matthew at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What's on today for IWD?
Southwark Council's International women's day event, 8 March
Celebrating International Women's Day, the event will be opened by Councillor Richard Livingstone. It's being held at Amigo Hall, St George’s Cathedral Southwark, Cathedral House, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HY. No booking is needed, all welcome!
It's time to #BeBoldForChange:
Celebrate International Women's Day 2017 with a series of activities, discussions and networking opportunities around IWD at London Southbank Univercity. Take a look
Are you READY to #BeBoldForChange? Webinar: 8 March, 12-1pm
Frustrated, or stuck with your career progression? Or are you a proactive gender leader who recognises that the key to gender parity is to empower talented women? Then join this free webinar! Email email@example.com to join.
Women's groups in Southwark:
Aaina Women's Group
One of our Community Southwark board members, Khosi Manaka, is Vice Chair of Aaina's Women's Group. This project works towards the empowerment and self-development of women through a drop-in service, workshops and community based courses, take a look.
Latin American Women's Rights Service (LAWRS)
LAWRS is a human rights organisation which supports the needs of Latin American women migrants. Over 4,000 women use the services each year to benefit from practical and emotional support and to learn new skills, take a look.
Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women's Organisation
Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women have transformed their lives through accessing KMEWO’s learning for Living Project. The organisation supports women into education, volunteering and employment. Get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vietnamese Women's Group
This group runs drop-in sessions, activities and services for Vietnamese Women. Get in touch at email@example.com or call 020 7277 8642 to find out more.
For a more comprehensive briefing on women’s equality both in the UK and internationally take a look at this link