Sisterhood & Solidarity
Since I became involved in feminist activism six years ago one of my favourite days of the year has been International Women’s Day (IWD). Every year I have found myself speaking or running a stall at some colourful and inspiring event, surrounded by women who are showcasing their amazing talent, work or knowledge.
This year will be no different, in fact this year I am more excited than ever because myself and my fabulous Labour sisters across Nottingham have created our very own event Sisterhood and Solidarity!! An afternoon conference and evening of food and entertainment
The theme of IWD this year is #PressforProgress, a call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. With global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more. The message is that there is a strong global momentum and we can each, individually make a difference.
This year in the UK we are celebrating 100 years since some women secured the right to vote. Thousands of individual women from all walks of life came together, spoke out and took action, in a multitude of ways to finally win the right to contribute to our democracy.
The Women’s suffrage movement was always about more than the vote, it was about the fight for equality and while we celebrate the victory of those sisters 100 years ago, we also continue their fight.
After eight years of Tory austerity a recent analysis carried out by the House of Commons library revealed that 86% of the burden of austerity falls on women –
- The Public sector pay freeze
- Cuts to children’s services
- The benefit freeze
- Cuts to disability benefits (in addition to women who are disabled women make up the bulk of carers)
- Cuts to domestic violence services
- Increases in domestic violence in times of austerity
- An end to tax credits for 3rd and subsequent children
- THE RAPE CLAUSE???!!!! (a clause allowing 3rd and subsequent children to be paid for if their father is a rapist but only if their mother is happy to disclose this hugely traumatic and personal information to the department of work and pensions)
- Education cuts
- The down grading of skilled workers such as Teaching assistants
- Cuts to housing benefit
- Universal credit paid to one householder (so in an abusive, coercive controlling relationship guess who that is?)
- An increasing gender pay gap
All of these issues mean women take the biggest strain
Black and minority ethnic women and immigrants take an even bigger chunk of the strain, added to which the Brexit campaign has normalised and given voice to extreme right wing viewpoints, racist abuse has increased and newspapers shamelessly continue to stoke racial hatred.
Internationally a refugee crisis has left hundreds of thousands destitute and desperate, with women and children vulnerable to rape, sexual exploitation and trafficking.
BUT there is hope…..Across the world women are speaking out! Women are taking action! Women are fighting back!
Our Labour event is a chance hear from local women involved in action on our doorstep. It is your chance to find out what is happening here in Nottingham, to offer SOLIDARITY or to find the motivation to take your own action.
It is also a chance to celebrate our SISTERHOOD and showcase the talent of women. This years IWD promises once again to be colourful and inspiring, don’t miss it!
By Lisa Clarke (Broxtowe Labour Women’s Officer)
More details are available on the Facebook event page
And tickets are available on he following links for all or part of the day at full or concessional price –
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/430518
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 2-5:30 SPEAKERS SESSION ONLY – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431087
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 ENTERTAINMENT ONLY 6-9PM – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431089
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 – CONCESSION – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/430519
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 2-5:30 SPEAKERS SESSION ONLY – CONCESSION – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431088
SISTERHOOD & SOLIDARITY 2018 ENTERTAINMENT ONLY 6-9PM – CONCESSION – http://www.wegottickets.com/event/431090