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05th March 2019

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on March 8th acclaiming the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of women.  

International Women’s Day has been followed since the early 1900’s – due to a period of mass expansion and tumult in the industrialised world that encountered a thriving population and the upsurge of radical ideologies.

No government institutions, charities, academic institution or media hub is exclusively responsible for International Women’s Day. This annual celebration has been instigated for over one hundred years to solely focus on unity, celebration, reflection and advocacy action – which continues to cultivate from strength to strength.

Behind the #BalanceForBetter

Numerous organisations declare a yearly IWD theme that supports their specific agenda or cause, this year being #BalanceForBetter – to symbolise a call for gender parity.

The notion of #BalanceForBetter recognises that from grassroots activism to worldwide action, society is now more open minded than ever therefore, civilisation anticipates balance. Although there’s still steps to be made, IWD recognises its absence and celebrates its presence.

The #BalanceforBetter campaign proceeds all year long, presenting a unified route to assist and stimulate continuous action, with #BalanceforBetter activities reinforced and amplified all year.

This hashtag idealises combined action and mutual responsibility for urging a gender-balanced world. The first International Women’s Day occurred in 1911, supported by over one million people. Now, IWD is more prevalent than ever – fitting to all groups across the world, it is not country or organisation specific.

What are we doing?

In aid of International Women’s Day, we are hosting an Open Weekend between the 8 – 11 March for all women. If you would like to come down to the gym but aren’t a member, now is your chance - come and try the facilities for free.

What can you do?

IWD are encouraging members of the public to put their hands out with the #BalanceForBetter pose (pictured), to formulate International Women’s Day as YOUR day – so you can sincerely make an assured difference for women everywhere.

Strike the #BalanceForBetter pose, use the hashtag and tag us so we can see you!