Sunday the 8th March is International Women’s Day (IWD)
IWD is a Global celebration of women marking respect, appreciation and love towards women.
It’s also a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements, past, present and future.
Make it Happen is the official theme of internationalwomensday.com global hub.
The Maya Centre holds a strong commitment to raise awareness of the social forces which can do so much damage to women, and this year our theme is: end violence towards women.
On 10th October 2014 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary and held a debate ‘Talk Enables Change’ to try and answer the questions:
“Why does the abuse of women persist in the 21st century?”
“How can we break the cycle of violence against women?”
A panel of exceptional women joined the Maya Centre to share their experiences in fighting gender inequality across cultures and organisations – and each day throughout this week, on the run up to International Women’s day, we are sharing the footage clips with you.
NHS sexual health nurse, FGM survivor and campaigner
Professor Louise Howard – Professor in women’s mental health
Deana Puccio Co-founder of The RAP Project (Raising Awareness and Prevention Project)
Vera Baird QC
Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria
Natalie Bennet, Leader of the Green Party & Fawcett Society Trustee
Chaired by Femi Otitoju, our panellists set out the barriers they had faced personally and professionally as women, and the actions they had taken to change things.
The event was truly inspiring, and we’d love to have your support in creating an awareness of the issues raised in the clips. So please support us online and share our clips with your tweets & retweets!
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We hope these clips will help the Maya Centre to bring this vital topic to the forefront of public debate, ahead of the General Election, as it is a subject that needs to be addressed and a problem that needs a government initiative to help solve.