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International Women's Day 2019 - Community

International Women’s Day is globally supported and celebrated on 8 March to demonstrate our commitment to women’s equality, celebrate their achievements and launch new initiatives.

This years’ theme is #BalanceforBetter – and runs all year long, not just on 8 March.

“Is this just for women?”

No, it’s a business and society issue. We need to create a gender balance across ALL parts of society from business leaders to government and sports coverage. How much of women’s sport is covered on the main TV channels compared to male sport? It also has an impact on economies and our local communities.

There’s considerably fewer women who work in science, technology, engineering, maths and design. Women bring different skill sets and thoughts to all of these industries – so we’re essentially limiting ourselves to develop! Definitely consider these industries if you’re just starting out in your career, or whether you’re looking to upskill or retrain – there’s lot of different opportunities out there for you.

“But I’m just one person, what difference can I make?”

The future is what we make it, so let’s make it balanced for all with fair opportunities and pay. If we all make small changes then collectively we can really push for change.

“OK – how can I get involved?”

You can get involved by reading some female authors – visit one of our LRCs this March to discover more about their Book of the Month “How to be a woman” by Caitlin Moran. Alternatively, ask the advisers in there what else they’d recommend!

Alternatively celebrate women in film (both as actors and directors!) with a film marathon or watch some TED Talks by women. If you love your social media, then why not follow some key female influencers on social media – and check out @womensday too for their updates! Don’t forget to use #BalanceforBetter too – or just read what is happening across the country on 8 March.

You could also get involved in volunteering or fundraising too such as by donating to your local women’s refuge or for Women’s Aid.

MidKent College ensures all students remain engaged with the community and aware of the world around them. We give students the support they need to progress in their career.

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