Here at The HOW People, you’ll find us cheerleading amazing women everyday but as Monday 8th March is International Women’s Day we are dedicating this month’s blog to sharing with you how individuals, charities and projects are trying to change the future for the next generation of women.
This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #choosetochallenge and you can watch some brilliant creations by women from a variety of backgrounds speaking about how and why they choose to challenge gender bias and inequality. We love the engaging poem by Aminah Rahman and the video by JayaHadADream about her experiences as a woman with a passion for music!
Got a bit more time? Watch the UN speech given by the truly inspirational Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for girls’ right to education. She went on to become the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and is the most incredible advocate for fighting for what you believe in.
Women For Women help women survivors of war to rebuild their lives by helping them to earn money, regain their confidence and participate in their communities. The women are given the opportunity to develop a marketable skill and learn more about their health and rights as well as become part of a tight-knit support group.
We think this is a great opportunity to be focusing on getting more girls interested in STEM subjects and breaking down the gender stereotypes related to these careers. These articles have some top tips about how you can encourage your child to get more involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and encourage us to reframe how we discuss these subjects with them.
We challenge you to #choosetochallenge.
Join women from around the world and find a way this month to challenge gender bias and inequality. This could be something as simple as thinking more carefully about the language you use or challenging someone else for this. For example, we might say without thinking, ‘You throw like a girl’. Is there really a difference in how boys and girls throw? Gender-stereotyped phrases like this have become a natural part of our speech and this is where we can start to make some simple yet important changes!
Or you could buy from the ‘boys’ section of a clothes shop - who says that they are just for boys!?
Let us know how you get on and what you do!
We’ve added a little extra to this month’s newsletter because we’ve got so many amazing extra talks and workshops on in March that we simply MUST share with you! You really wouldn’t want you to miss these!
Sunday 7th March 7pm
SHE Matters CLICK HERE
One for the parents, we discuss the Perimenopause with HOW talk veterans Dr Heidi Kerr & Dr Victoria Hobbs
Monday 8th March 7pm
HOW Inspire #likeTEDtalksforteens with Share Tawe CLICK HERE
Giving the girls the chance to hear all about this amazing project which supports homeless asylum seekers in Swansea.
Monday 8th, 15th & 22nd March 5pm-6pm
I’m a Forensic Scientist Get Me Out of Here! CLICK HERE
We have partnered with TECHNOCAMPS to deliver 3 x 1 hour virtual workshops about the use of computers in forensic science. Suitable to KS3/4 students, the workshop will be delivered by young and engaging females in the world of STEM who want to inspire others to consider the wealth of opportunities available to them.
FREE tickets to these workshops are now available on our website so check it out and spread the word!
Let’s take the time this month to celebrate all of the amazing women in our lives. We think you’re all awesome!
Thanks to Emma Clift our Research and Content Intern for this brilliant blog. She is doing such an amazing job behind the scenes. We are so lucky to have you on the team.