Council supports International Women's Day

Published: Tuesday, 5th March 2019

The theme for this year's International Women's Day, which takes place on 8 March 2019, is "Better the balance, better the world".

Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: "It's fitting that Oxford City Council is supporting the call to celebrate International Women's Day. This is a diverse and vibrant city with a tradition that often places it at the forefront of social change - not least of which was its part in the suffrage movement of over a century ago.

"As an employer the Council focuses on making our workforce more diverse in all its aspects, not least in the percentage of women employed both across the board and in higher level positions. We have made good progress in recruiting female staff with the percentage employed broadly reflecting Oxford’s population. Now plans are being developed with the aim of increasing the numbers of female staff in senior roles."

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. The first International Women's Day was in 1911 and was supported by over one million people. Today, it belongs to all groups and is not country, group or organisation specific.

To find out more about International Women's Day and events that are happening in Oxford visit the International Women's Day website.