What is it?
#March4Women is CARE International’s annual month of action for gender equality. It is a global movement, with events and activities taking place in countries around the world.
In 2018, our #March4Women event in the UK was a march and rally in London to celebrate International Women’s Day and 100 years since women in the UK first gained the right to vote. The #March4Women action was to support our campaign calling for an end to gender-based violence and harassment in workplaces all around the world.
What is planned for #March4Women 2019?
Our month of action in March 2019 will include:
- Our annual #March4Women International Women’s Day event which this year was held at Central Hall Westminster in London on Sunday 3rd March. Central Hall Westminster was used by the suffragettes 100 years ago to hold rallies and jamborees. The #March4Women event followed in their footsteps by celebrating the progress we’ve made towards gender equality, with inspirational speeches, debate, and musical performances from our celebrity supporters. See the poster below for details. Watch the highlights video of the event.
- A lobby-your-MP event at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 5 March to urge the UK government to make workplaces safer for women, in the UK and around the world. Read more about the lobby event.
- A Quiz Night Out - our new International Women's Day pub quiz where you can have a great night out while raising funds for CARE's work with women and girls around the world.
Can you tell me more about the Central Hall Westminster event?
The #March4Women event on Sunday 3rd March was hosted by comedian and presenter Sue Perkins and included:
- music - CARE supporter and #March4Women collaborator David Arnold helped us put together a star-studded line-up of entertainment. We're delighted that Beverley Knight joined us to sing I'm Every Woman and A Change Is Gonna Come, and that our long-standing partners and supporters the Urban Voices Collective and the Bond Quartet brought their uniquely uplifting and inspirational vibes to #March4Women 2019. We're also very pleased that Imelda May also performed at #March4Women.
- testimonies - a reading by famous actors including Helena Bonham-Carter, Nicola Thorp, and Naana Agyei-Ampadu, of testimonies from survivors of workplace harassment and exploitation, arranged by Cargo playwright and refugee rights activist, Tess Berry-Hart: read more in our press release, Helena Bonham-Carter says 'Sexual harassment isn't in anyone's job description'
- inspiration - hear from women who have challenged and changed the law and faced down injustice and inequality, including: Gina Martin, who recently saw to it that ‘upskirting’ photos were outlawed; Shaista Gohir from Muslim Women’s Network, whose organisation saw the abolition of repatriation fees imposed on women escaping forced marriages; and anti-FGM campaigner Leyla Hussein, who reflected on the first conviction for FGM in the UK. Hosted by Radio 4's Jane Garvey.
- solidarity - find out from UK and global activists (women and men) what they are doing to create a more equal world, and what you can do to support them. Speakers included Annie Lennox, Helen Pankhurst, Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, Mexican labour rights activist Marcelina Bautista, and Shola Mos-Shogbamimu.
- participation - the chance to take action and make your voice heard!
Is there a theme for this year's #March4Women?
#March4Women 2019 aims to build on last year's action to campaign for global standards to cut out harassment, abuse and violence in the workplace.
2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in the UK, which allowed women to work for the first time in a range of professions, including for example as lawyers. Our #March4Women International Women's Day event on Sunday 3rd March celebrated progress towards gender equality made by the legal profession and others in the UK, and discussed the achievements and the challenges still faced by women worldwide.
#March4Women 2019 is also calling on supporters to get behind our #ThisIsNotWorking campaign to ensure that a new global law to end workplace harassment reaches the world’s poorest women.
Who organises #March4Women?
We are also grateful to the many celebrities and activists who join us on the day and give their time and support to #March4Women.
Is it only for women?
No, we encourage people of all genders to join us to #March4Women! We are campaigning for gender equality and speakers at our #March4Women events talk about what people of all genders – including men and boys – can do to help make a more equal world.
Why are men invited?
Men can be feminists too! We believe gender equality and a more equal world is good for everyone – not just for women and girls but for people of all genders, including men and boys. Men and boys can be great champions for gender equality and can play a key role, alongside women, girls and people of all genders, in challenging and changing the attitudes that lead to discrimination and inequality.
Why are you focusing on gender equality and not equality in all its forms?
As a humanitarian and international development organisation fighting poverty in more than 75 poor and developing countries, we know that gender inequality is a major cause of poverty. We know that empowering women and girls is a key way of overcoming poverty. And that’s why CARE puts women and girls in the centre of its work.
We recognise that many women face additional prejudice and discrimination in many forms – including ethnicity, age, sexuality, disability and religion – and that all of these must be overcome to achieve gender equality for all.
At CARE, through our partnerships and programmes, we aspire to tackle poverty and injustice in all its forms, to create a world where all people can live with dignity and security.
#March4Women is about bringing people together to celebrate International Women’s Day. By focusing on gender equality, we can join our voices to call for a more equal world and show solidarity with women and girls worldwide. We welcome the participation of all individuals and groups who support an end to gender inequality, and the multiple forms of discrimination that women face. Please join us in calling for a fairer world for everyone.
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