Labour’s equalities spokesperson, Cllr Amanda Grimshaw, on International Women’s Day 2023:
This Wednesday the 8th March is International Women’s Day for its theme this year the United Nations have chosen DigitAll: innovation and technology for gender equality.
By recognising IWD we celebrate women’s achievement and raise awareness about discrimination.
Last year I put myself forward to be the Labour Groups representative for White Ribbon and am now proud to be a White Ribbon Champion. White Ribbon Champions are women who support the charity, helping us to engage with men and work within communities. Women who are champions are an essential part of White Ribbon, ensuring that the voices of women, especially survivors of violence and abuse, are heard. The more violence against women and Girls is spoken about publicly, the more awareness is raised and with that I hope the lessening of the shame that survivors often feel when talking about their experiences. It is down to all of us in society to call out violence and inequality and change mindsets.
White Ribbons mission is to hold policymakers accountable for their decisions which impact Women and Girls and BY RAISING AWARENESS THROUGH CAMPAIGNS, BY EDUCATING YOUNG PEOPLE, BY ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO MAKE THE WHITE RIBBON PROMISE, BY WORKING WITH LEADERS IN THE VAWG SECTOR
As labour members and councillors here in the city of Brighton and Hove we are committed to doing all we can to support in our soon to be published manifesto. You may have seen our Gender Equality campaign – you can sign our petition here.
Many events are taking place in the city for International Womens Day which can be found here.
Cllr Amanda Grimshaw BEM