International Women’s Day is marked in calendars across the world as a chance to celebrate women, while acknowledging the gender equality issues they face globally and explore how this can be improved. Uxbridge College decided to use their £300 Educational Visit Grant from the Jack Petchey Foundation to help students celebrate and learn more about the day.
In 2017 Uxbridge College arranged a variety of activities and talks for their students. This included a presentation from female fashion designer Clio Peppiatt, who inspired the young learners by sharing stories about things she has faced throughout her career as well as offering valuable advice to the students, who will soon be stepping into the career world themselves.
Guest speakers from Evolution Women also gave a talk about gender equality in the workplace and encouraged all of the young girls to always be themselves and not change who they are to suit male-dominated workplaces. The speaker successfully made the talk relatable to the audience, and they felt inspired.
Both boys and girls in the audience said they felt empowered by the talks and the whole day left them feeling inspired and hopeful about their futures. It encouraged the young people to not only think about their futures but reflect on the history of women’s inequality as well as the current situation that women face daily. Recognising today’s climate enables the young students to think about solutions and how they can become the positive change in society.
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