This Sunday is International Women's Day, an annual celebration of the achievements of women across the world and a stand against gender inequality. The 8th March 2020 marks the 110th International Women’s Day in history.

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Each for Equal’, which emphasises that we as individuals can accomplish widespread gender equality by consciously taking action to promote an fair and equal society. At Southway, we are conscious that we have a responsibility to actively challenge gender inequality, both in our offices and the wider community: in November, we were proud to take part in 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls and, in January, we facilitated an employer presentation from Arriva Trains, who are actively seeking to recruit more female employees in the name of gender equality. Arriva Trains will be returning to our Spring into Work Jobs Fair at the end of March, so if you missed their presentation, be sure to stop by!

We are always looking for ways in which we can increase opportunities for women and work towards gender equality. If you have a suggestion for how we can improve our services, provide better support and opportunities, or anything else to achieve this, contact us to let us know.

Celebrate International Women’s Day!

If you want to get involved in International Women’s Day, there are lots of events on this weekend where you can show your support and celebrate womanhood (lots of them are family-friendly too!) You can...

  • Join the third annual Walk for Women in the city centre on Saturday, 7th March.
  • Stop by The Pankhurst Centre on Sunday, 8th March, for flag making and to learn about the history of women in Manchester.
  • Drop into Chorlton Library on Saturday for face painting, cake stalls, music, yoga and more to celebrate womanhood.
  • Visit the People's History Museum on Sunday for a free guided tour of their women's history exhibition.

However you chose to celebrate, we wish you a happy and proud International Women’s Day!