International Women’s Day – Wales Ahead for Women?

Guest blog by Kay Richmond, UN Women UK in Wales

International Women’s Day began in 1911 and has continued annually ever since. The Welsh Assembly Government has funded organisations to celebrate this day for several years. This year is no exception and grants are being administered by Women’s Equality Network Wales (WEN Wales). The theme is: “Visible Women: empowering girls and women in Wales”. For events near you check the website here

In addition, organisations not funded through this scheme will be joining in activities. Two of these are the UK Committee for UN Women and Women in Rotary. Together they are organising breakfast events across Great Britain and Ireland. See all the event details here.

Rotary is a world-wide service organisation of men and women working tirelessly both locally and internationally to bring help and support to those less advantaged than ourselves. It works alongside many organisations and individuals supporting gender equality and diversity through a multitude of initiatives, causes and actions. Rotarians use their skills and the gifts they have gained through business, education and personal commitment for the benefit of others – Service above Self.

The UK Committee for UN Women is the national committee which advocates for and supports UN Women in the UK. The President, Jan Grasty, and WEN Wales will be attending the Commission on the Status of Women, held in New York, on 4 –15 March and organisaed by UN Women, focusing on the subject of the ‘elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls’. Check back here and at http://wenwales.org/ for updates throughout the Commission period.

Money raised at the breakfast events will be donated to UN Women projects. Please come and join us.

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