Cheshire East is celebrating International Women’s Day today.
The council is sharing content throughout the day on its social media channels to mark the occasion – the theme of this year is ‘Choose to Challenge’. The message behind the theme this year is to ensure that people feel empowered to call out gender inequality.
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, political, and cultural achievements of women. It’s also a call to action to take a stand for women’s equality and gender parity.
Cheshire East Council chief executive Lorraine O’ Donnell, said: “We made a commitment in our newly-published corporate plan to promote fairness and working openly for everyone.”
“In 2021, there is no limit to what women can achieve and neither should there be any barriers to our success.”
Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for public health and corporate services, said: “The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day sends out a strong message to the world that inequality needs to be a thing of the past.
“Individually we are all responsible for our own thoughts and actions, so it’s up to us to call out gender bias, to celebrate women’s achievements and challenge inequality.”
Councillor Marilyn Houston, Cheshire East Council equality diversity and inclusion member champion, said: “You don’t have to look far to find extraordinary women. One of my inspirations was a lady called Ada Nield, who challenged the awful working conditions at a factory in Crewe in 1894.
“She wrote columns in the Crewe Chronicle about her experience and went on to become an active member of the suffrage movement. Ada perfectly encapsulates the message of International Women’s Day – showing what can be achieved when women challenge on behalf of other women who are being treated unfairly.”
You can get involved with International Women’s Day celebrations by joining in with the #choosetochallenge campaign. Strike the #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.