City Council supports International Women’s Day

Published: Sunday, 8th March 2020

The theme for this year's International Women's Day, which takes place on 8 March 2020, is #EachforEqual - meaning each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

"International Women’s Day is an important moment to celebrate what women have achieved and to remind ourselves what we can each do to support women to achieve their potential.

“For us as a Council that means not just supporting women in our workforce, but supporting women in our communities too. We have some outstanding women at senior levels in the council, but we need to do more to support diversity and realise potential. We are taking new approaches to how we recruit people and help them to progress, from offering apprenticeship to supporting in-work qualifications and career development support.

“Oxford has a proud history of women’s achievement, and Oxford City Council is delighted to celebrate International Women’s Day. We’re supporting women in our communities, from our Youth Ambition team helping young people achieve their potential regardless of background, gender or ethnicity, to migrant women giving back to the community through programmes like Asylum Welcome's Multaka volunteering and groups like Syrian Sisters. This is a diverse and vibrant city and we recognise the enormous contribution women here make to our success as communities and as a city.”

Cllr Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council

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.

This year the Museum of Oxford is celebrating International Women’s Day with Oxford's Wonderful Women Family Trail, until 28 March 2020. Visit the museum in the Town Hall on St Aldate's.