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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

What is International Women’s Day?

The global recognition of women’s social, economic, cultural, and political accomplishments is celebrated annually on the 8th of March, also known as International Women’s Day. The day serves as a call to action to accelerate gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality.

The history of International Women’s Day

Historically, females were not treated equally compared to men and across the globe, women still face discrimination due to their gender. Although we celebrate International Women’s Day today, the fight for equality started long before this was established. Women’s Rights activists fought for women to have an equal place in society and be able vote have control over their money and properties. Countries worldwide recognised a rise in women’s struggles movements and in 1888, the International Women’s Council was formed. The council campaigned for women and promoted equality and basic human rights for women. Years later in 1911, International Women’s Day was first celebrated, and this was inspired by thousands of suffragists. This group were campaigning for women’s rights including their right to vote and be represented within government. The United Nations officially acknowledged International Women’s Day in 1977 and countries such as China, Russia and Uganda recognise it as a public holiday.

Why is it important?

International Women’s Day is one of the most important days of the year to:

  • Celebrate women’s achievements
  • Educate and raise awareness about women’s equality
  • Call for positive change advancing women
  • campaign for accelerated gender parity
  • Fundraise for women-centred charities

International Women’s Day for Foster Carers

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, we acknowledge and appreciate all women within our society. Women make up a large percentage of foster carers in the UK, with many taking on roles as single carers. They look after vulnerable children who may be in foster care for a variety of reasons such as abuse, neglect, or family breakdowns. These women play a significant role in helping our children overcome their trauma and build up their resilience to take on what life throws at them. Children are provided a space in their family home and are offered guidance, support, and stability as they work through their difficult emotions that being separated from their family might bring.

Sunbeam wants to honour and celebrate the vital job that foster parents do in the UK on this International Women’s Day, especially the women who have opened their homes and hearts to offer a caring and supportive environment for children in need. They deserve our respect and appreciation for their unwavering dedication to bettering the lives of children who are vulnerable.

We also want to emphasise the continued need for foster parents in the UK and inspire men and women of all backgrounds to think about fostering children into their homes. By doing this, you may positively impact the lives of children who are at risk and contribute to giving them a better future.

Written By: Chanel Thomas(Recruitment Officer)