International Women's Day [IWD] 2017

8 March, International Womens' Day, the day we celebrate the many achievements of women and recognise that much still needs to be done.

The fight for equality is all year round and your union, PCS, continues to put equality at the heart of everything we do.

Every person - women, men and non-binary people - can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women.
Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world.
We want you to get involved. 

The theme for International Women’s Day [8 March] is Be Bold For Change. Whilst there have been positive gains in women’s equality, the world is still very unequal. IWD celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing attention on areas requiring further action.

The government’s cuts agenda has impacted on women disproportionately and set back past gains. Here in the UK women face an onslaught from a hostile Conservative government. Women are hit doubly hard by cuts in the name of austerity.

PCS encourages branches and women members to campaign together against this government’s brutal on-going measures against women.

The fight for equality is all year round and affects us all. IWD is a single day that reminds us that we must continue the fight.

What you can do:

  • Use the IWD 2017 photocards and post pictures on social media #PCSIWD17

Take part in local campaigns against austerity, cuts to services and benefits

  • Take a picture
  • Meet your politician

A face to face meeting is the most effective way of persuading a politician to support your campaign.
If you live in Scotland, Wales or N Ireland you can also choose to meet your MP and your devolved political representatives.

What the Branch Executive Committee [BEC] can do:

  • Do your research

Find out how many women there are in the branch and more widely in the workplace.

Survey women members, asking about the issues that are important to them.

Look at the policies of your employer and identify any disproportionate impacts on women

  • Organise

Agree what issues you are going to prioritise and develop an action plan.

Ensure your elected Equality or Women’s Officer is supported to lead on these issues.

Set up an email network of women members for easy communication.

  • Educate

Arrange meetings to reach all women members.

Advertise education, learning and training opportunities.

  • Raise awareness

Communicate the work of the union on women’s issues through emails, newsletters, meetings or setting up social networks.

Look out for and use #PCSIWD17 and post your activities and pictures on Facebook, Twitter and to the equality email address below.

Link up with other campaigns in your local area or support an international campaign.

Publicise PCS regional networks for women, black, disabled, LGBT and young members. Details are available from your local PCS regional office.

We would like you to feedback your activities and ideas for future activities.
Please send your ideas/comments to: equality@pcs.org.uk

Download the PDF file and use the photo opp cards in your branch or workplace. 
Post pictures on social media using #PCSIWD17

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