International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.
International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere, and Nisa-Nashim makes sure to be a part of it every year.
In London, an international Women’s Day Rally and march was organised, with the focus being on climate justice and gender justice, considering that women and girls are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change.
We attended the march and the rally in Southbank, where we heard from leaders in the women’s movement like Helen Pankhurst, Sandy Toksvig and Bianca Jagger. During the event we also heard from scientists, politicians and campaigners, we listened to women who are directly affected by climate change, and we enjoyed the wonderful voice of Emily Sande too (some cheeky selfies of Julie, Lindsay and George with her to follow).
We left, at the end of the day, with a sense of urge and the feeling that there is so much to be done, but also with the contentedness of knowing that we were there together.
Here are some pictures of our wonderful experience!
Also other Nisa-Nashim groups around the country did not miss the opportunity of being seen and heard for International Women Day.
Tessa, Nahim and Hilary wore our NN sashes, celebrating IWD at the 5K fun run in Leeds, supporting women’s charities.
Shahada and Caroline on the other hand, co-chairs of the North East group, spoke at the Durham University’s IWD event. They discussed their work with Nisa-Nashim and why women are at the forefront of bringing positive change in the world. They were joined by other members of their group, who went there to support them. They sent us some pictures and it is our duty to share them with you all.