Tytherington School took part in a programme of events on Friday 8th March to mark International Women’s Day. The day is a worldwide event that has been observed since the early 1900s and is now recognised each year on March 8. The day recognises women’s achievements and this year the event focused on gender equality and the portrayal within media and politics.
During the day, students in KS3 took part in an assembly, which was delivered and created by students in Year 7-9 and celebrated women who have played a significant role in science, business and history. Students also took part in a campaign to raise awareness for gender equality, which was displayed around school and also on social media. During lessons, staff took the opportunity to raise awareness of women pioneers in their subject areas and one teacher, Miss Rees, encouraged students and staff to send messages of support to women survivors of war to rebuild their lives and choose their own futures. So far, the charity has helped more than 479,000 marginalised women in 8 countries affected by war and conflict.
The final event during the day involved a group of 40 students, who took part in a workshop with local business woman and co-founder of ‘Equality Matters Marple’ Karen Webber. The students had the opportunity to pose questions to Karen about her experiences of gender equality as well as finding out how and why she became involved in campaigning for equality for women and men. Karen also took the opportunity to challenge the student’s beliefs and asked them questions such as “What would their world look like if we had perfect gender equality?”. Karen commented “the passion for social good, crucially taking action was inspiring and the future is bright with young people like these!”