Students at Huddersfield New College have today joined calls to #PressforProgress as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.

The celebration of International Women’s Day took place a day later than planned following yesterday’s adverse weather. As the number one organisation in the UK for Equality and Diversity, International Women’s Day is a key way for students to explore their own individual role in supporting equality in the wider society. The College is currently discussing how it will take part in International Men’s Day in November.

Student Diversity Champions (pictured above) ran a special stand that students and staff could visit to pledge ‘I Will Press for Progress.’  As part of this, signatories choose to support statements including ‘I will celebrate women’s achievements’, ‘I will challenge discrimination and stereotypes’ and ‘I will influence other’s beliefs and actions.’

Erika Montgomery, Equality and Diversity Manager says: “As the number one organisation in the UK for Equality and Diversity, we have been recognised for our approach to celebrating and ensuring all members of our community are treated and recognised equally. Today’s event saw hundreds of our students and staff lending their support as we continue to #PressforProgress in wider society. Our Student Diversity Champions did a fantastic job, engaging with their peers about the importance of this campaign and discussing the women who inspire them in their own daily lives. All of this helped to bring this important campaign to life in College!"