20th February 2016
International Women’s Day
According to the website UN Women Watch International Women’s Day is something that emerged from the activities of the North American labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century. Since those early years IWD has worn a new global dimension for women in both developed and developing countries. You can see a timeline of the history of this movement here: http://womenwatch.unwomen.org/international-womens-day-history
International Women’s Day is not about asserting the superiority of one gender over the other. It is not about petty quarrels about who gets to do the dishes after dinner. The United Nations instituted International Women’s Day to commemorate the contribution of women in the socio-political sphere as well as in global peace and security.
Swindon celebrates International Women’s Day 2016
International Women’s Day is becoming a well-established feature of Swindon’s community calendar.
In 2016 there’s going to be a month of events to celebrate this movement beginning on Saturday the 5th March at the Central Library on Regent Circus.
IWD Swindon 2016 is a month-long arts and cultural programme that focuses on equality for women in the age of technology.
The launch event at the central library will be a one-day festival of poetry, music, song and dance blended with family activities a selection of stalls and business networking. So something for everyone then eh?
As part of the event, the exhibition ‘Dress:CODE’ will be held across three sites in central Swindon. ‘
Dress:CODE’ presents questions around the gender gap of women and girls entering the Technology Industry and aims to encourage more women and girls to engage with coding and computing. Throughout the month of March there will be an extensive programme of technology workshops and a series of talks and events as part of the exhibition support programme.
What’s the benefit of all this for the community in Swindon?
We want to encourage women and girls to engage with technology, coding and computing.
Technology is intrinsic to our everyday lives, and effective use of computers is a life-skill that we should all have the opportunity to harness.
With its history of innovation and technology, Swindon and its surrounding area is ideally placed to help increase awareness of the gender gap in the technology industry.
Throughout the month of March there will be an extensive programme of technology workshops for schools and community groups, and a series of talks and events that aim to effect change for women in four key areas:
- Arts and culture.
- Design and Technology.
It’s our hope to reconnect Swindon with the arts and demonstrate how art can effect change and enable women to seize the opportunities presented by the rapidly changing social, cultural and technological environment.
Keep checking the Facebook page, the Twitter account and the website to keep up to date with all the happenings of IWD Swindon 2016.
For some great quotes about women and IWD see here: http://www.globalfundforwomen.org/10-favorite-quotes-for-international-womens-day/