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Date : 26 February, 2016

West Mercia Women’s Aid is supporting an international campaign that aims to celebrate women and their achievements.

International Women’s Day – which will take place on Tuesday 8 March – is a global event celebrating the economic, social and political achievements of women; in China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.  The first International Women’s Day was held in 1911.

#PledgeForParity is the 2016 theme, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement and there is much to celebrate.  However, progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places; infact, The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity.  Then in 2015, it revised its estimate to 2133.

Jan Frances, Chief Executive of West Mercia Women’s Aid said: “Each year around the world, International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March.  Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.  Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women’s groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.  Many groups around the world choose different themes each year relevant to global and local gender issues.

“West Mercia Women’s Aid thoroughly supports International Women’s Day which complements our own themes of championing a future for women and girls that is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.”

Each year a theme is declared by The United Nations.

To make your pledge for gender parity please visit www.internationalwomensday.com/theme.

.For further information call West Mercia Women’s Aid on 01432 356146.