International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is held on the 8th March every year. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It first started in the early 1900s when the industry grew dramatically.

Year    UN Theme
1996 Celebrating the Past, Planning for the Future
1997 Women and the Peace Table
1998 Women and Human Rights
1999 World Free of Violence Against Women
2000 Women Uniting for Peace
2001 Women and Peace: Women Managing Conflicts
2002 Afghan Women Today: Realities and Opportunities
2003 Gender Equality and the Millennium Development Goals
2004 Women and HIV/AIDS
2005 Gender Equality Beyond 2005; Building a More Secure Future
2006 Women in Decision-making
2007 Ending Impunity for Violence Against Women and Girls
2008 Investing in Women and Girls
2009 Women and Men United to End Violence Against Women and Girls
2010 Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All
2011 Equal Access to Education, Training, and Science and Technology: Pathway to Decent Work for Women
2012 Empower Rural Women, End Poverty and Hunger
2013 A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Violence Against Women
2014 Equality for Women is Progress for All
2015 Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!
2016 Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality

We have interviewed five women about their thoughts on women’s rights and how some jobs could be considered as ‘sexist’. The five women are: Miss Wilford, a modern foreign language teacher. Melanie Goodchild, an accountant. Jo Latham, a business owner. Katharine Fox, an engineer and Kerry Bambrick-Sattar, head of a pharmaceutical company.

Each woman was asked the same five questions and one different relating to their job. The five questions were:
What is your position?
Do you consider certain jobs as sexist, if so what kind?
Do you think it’s harder for women to get into certain jobs?
Did you feel confident applying for your job as a woman?

The final question for Miss Wilford was: Do you think students treat you differently because you’re a woman?
Melanie Goodchild’s question was: What does an accountant do?
Jo Latham’s question was: What’s it like owning your own business?
Kerry Bambick-Sattar was: as Global Head of Training, what does your job involve?

By the end of this video we hope you realise that women should be treated as equally as men within careers around the world. Women have gained more equality as years have gone by but still lack the same equality as men. Just because of someone being a different gender doesn’t mean to say they can’t do the same things within a certain job. Women deserve to have the right to be treated exactly the same!

Maddie & Ellie