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History of International Women's Day

March 2021

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
 

For the past 15 years, the Day's goal has been to remind us that women should have equal rights with men, in all areas.

Souffragettes

About a century ago, after years of struggle, British women gained the right to vote for the first time, with eight million women over the age of 30 being registered to vote. Responsible for this conquest are the "Suffragettes", a women's movement that aimed at women's suffrage. And where he succeeded. Their role was crucial in the acquisition of women's suffrage, at a time when their peers had few rights and played no role in political events.The word "suffragette" first appeared in a rather derisive Daily Mail commentary in 1906 on activists of the Women 's social and political union, formed in 1903 by Emelin. Punkhurst in Manchester in the north of England.
 

Women's Pay Day: 4th of March

Did you know that  4th of Match is the day they say women in the UK start getting paid for the year compared to the average man? According to their analysis, the gender pay gap for all employees is 17.3%, meaning that women have to wait 63 days before they effectively begin to earn their yearly salary. After new legislation was introduced last April, companies in the UK that had over 250 employees were required to report a gender pay gap - in 2019 this has shown that 80% of big firms in the UK pay men more, on average, than women. The Fawcett Society – a UK society championing equal pay rights – reports that the latest Office for National Statistics data shows this gap to be 13.1%. Further more, during pandemic Mothers were 47% more likely to have lost their jobs in order to take care of their children who do homeschooling till now.


Although many British women have accomplished greatest achievements, changing the course of history
 

- Florence Nightingale who led a team of nurses during the crimean war became an icon in Victorian era giving nursing a favourable reputation.

- Margaret Thatcher, who died in 2013, was Britain's first female prime minister and also the country's longest-serving leader in the 20th century, ruling from 1979 to 1990.

 

-Powerful female role model with a strong influence on public opinion is Queen Elizabeth II who has been on the British throne since 1952. She is the longest living monarch in the history of the United Kingdom and the longest living queen in world history.

 

- In British people’s heart, Princess Diana will always have a precious place as the woman who have managed to changed the world in her own way.

- She is 3ft 5in tall, but she is one of the most influential British women as a writer and academic. Sinéad Burke, who was born with achondroplasia, aware of the limits of design, In 2018, during the London Fashion week, was photographed from Dior and Burberry as the the author who attracted the attention in TED about “Why Design Should Include Everyone” of more than 1.2 million views online.

The official theme for International women’s  day 2021 is "Choose to Challenge", recognising the need to call out gender bias and inequality. As women around the world battle the social, economic and political fallout from Covid-19, the need for this is greater than ever. To tie in with this year’s theme, IWD organisers are asking people to strike the Choose To Challenge pose - with your hands held high - and share it on social media to encourage a committment to helping forge an inclusive world. Some of the submissions will be featured on the IWD website and social media feeds.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally!
Make everyday International Women's Day.
Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

- Natasa Kantzavelou

March 2021

Valentine's Day

February 2021

February is the month of chocolates, flowers and for some lucky people blind dates! This Valentine's Day will of course be different as is everything else. But even with the restaurants and the shops closed, people will find a nice and romantic way to express their love to their loved-ones. 

 

Undeniably, 14th February is a commercial feast but people enjoy it and many count down the days as this day has historical significance since the 17th Century. 

 

Valentine was a catholic priest, he was sentenced to death for marrying couples in order to spread and strengthen the Christian faith. A legend says that while Valentino was in prison, refusing to renounce his faith, he fell in love with the blind daughter of his jailer, to whom he even sent a letter with the signature: With love from your Valentino.

 

The Catholic Church later recognised Valentine as a Saint, and he became known as the protector of lovers.

 

In medieval England, lovers gave gifts to each other secretly on Valentine’s Day, some wrote poems or songs in order to arouse the same admiration as that enjoyed by brave knights. At that time people had strong superstitions. For example if an unmarried girl saw a robin on Valentine’s day, then she had to get married to a sailor, if she was lucky to see a goldfinch she would get a rich spouse.

 

In England, flowers is what usually the lovers should offer to their loved ones and it was “imposed” by France from Louis XVI, who gave Marie Antoinette red roses. Red Flowers symbolise the blood of Aphrodite, the goddess of love. 

 

The British choose for their Valentines chocolates, sweets and teddy bears which are very popular. Dinner is a precious moment, according to chefs Britons love chestnut soup with amaretto cream and brioche espresso, beef tenderloin and mushroom ragout and a chocolate rose with bitter chocolate mousse.


This Valentine day “wear” a glorious smile, listen to “Something" by The Beatles or play “My Funny Valentine" by Frank Sinatra, and express your feelings to your loved ones 

- Natasa Kantzavelou

 
 
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