The day, which was first celebrated in 1911, is dedicated to celebrating the social, economic and political achievements of women around the world.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is to ‘Make It Happen’ to encourage the advancement and recognition of women in society.
In Nottingham there will be an array of events – starting from today at the Nottingham Women’s Centre. The organisation, based on Chaucer Street, is having an open day with a range of activities for visitors from stalls, storytelling and pamper sessions.
Melanie Jeffs, the Centre Manager at Nottingham Women’s Centre says they try and do an open day every year to invite as many people to the Centre as they can. She says “women are still somewhat invisible in society. Only 23% of MP’s are women and the same percentage of high paid reporters at top newspapers are women.”
International Women’s Day coincides with the launch of the Nottingham Girls Can campaign. The original This Girl Can campaign launched nationally in January and aims to help women gain more confidence when exercising and being active.
Claire Moore, the Sports Facility Manager at Nottingham Trent University says girls can be put off going to the gym: