Huddersfield New College is proud to be celebrating International Women’s Day. Celebrated annually on March 8th, International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic and political achievements of women. It is also a reminder that there is still much to do to achieve equality between the sexes, as it is estimated that gender parity will not be achieved for another 100 years.
This year’s theme is ‘Choose to Challenge’. Here in our College community, we’re helping to forge a more equal world and we’re committed to challenging gender stereotypes and addressing inequalities.. This year, staff from across the College have pledged their commitment to challenging gender bias and inequality, and in lessons, influential women have been celebrated for their achievements, determination and contribution to education.
Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality and Diversity, comments “International Women’s Day is an important date in the College’s calendar. Though we are unable to celebrate the day in our usual way, it has been fantastic to see staff coming together to show their support for the day, and how they plan to challenge inequality. We are so lucky to have so many positive female role models both within our College and our wider community, and it is a pleasure to be able to celebrate their achievements while continuing to address the many inequalities that women and girls still sadly face in wider society. I am proud to work in such a respectful, tolerant and inclusive College, and by supporting our young people to ‘choose to challenge’ we are helping to forge a more equal world for everyone”.