The Changing Women Forum started in July 2010 and is currently only small but still with a small global following. Our theme for International Women’s Day 2012 will be ‘Changing the Language’, looking at current terminology, words and language that we accept as normal but limits us in terms of equality and inclusiveness.
An example is constant discussion about childcare, leave for new parents and child support being linked to ‘maternity’ instead of ‘paternity’, where the former restricts the issue of child care only to women, to mothers, not mothers and fathers, or same-sex parents. Further reinforcing the gender stereotype of women as primary caregivers. By changing the term to ‘paternity’, the discussion becomes inclusive of men and the wider community. During March, we will look at other examples and ways that we can change ourselves and our world as Changing Women by changing our language.
About International Women’s Day
When: Thursday 8 March 2012
What: International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. In some places like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.
Why: Suffragettes campaigned for women’s right to vote. The word ‘Suffragette’ is derived from the word “suffrage” meaning the right to vote. International Women’s Day honours the work of the Suffragettes, celebrates women’s success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed. The first International Women’s Day event was run in 1911. 2011 was the Global Centenary Year. Let’s reinvent opportunity for all women … more