International Womens Day, 8 March 2018

International Women’s Day brings together women across the world to celebrate our achievements and highlight our continued fight for gender equality.

Each year, women celebrate the 8th March as a chance to remember the advancement of women’s rights and the women who led the way, whilst remembering our continued action to maintain and advance women’s rights globally, in all aspects of life.

Thousands of events will be held across the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. They will range from rallies, conferences and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatrical and musical performances.

For International Women’s Day 2018, we’re asking you to #PressforProgress. Its aim is to motivate whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.

What you can do

Ask a woman to stand – When just one in three councillors, and 17% of council leaders, are women, the Fawcett Society and the LGiU have spent the last year asking: does local government work for women? We really need to improve as a party, our paper and target candidates’ diversity. For some people, standing as a paper candidate is the first step to standing as a target candidate, therefore just as we need to act on target candidate diversity, the same needs to be true for all candidates standing as Liberal Democrats. Share our Guide to being a Lib Dem Councillor with anyone you think may be interested.

Teams should carry out an assessment of their current cohort of candidates and councillors and look for opportunities to include members of the community who could be missing, e.g. How many working age people? Parents? Minority groups? And so on.

  1. Does your pool of candidates reflect your local community?
  2. To select a more diverse team of candidates you need to positively recruit people, not wait for them to appear. You need to ask as many people as possible.

We should be looking outside the party for the right type of people. You do need to check if they are liberal and in tune with our values but many of the best people to ask are not yet party members.

Join us for our next Spring Conference Fringe event  We will celebrate 100 years of women getting the vote. ALDC and LGA booklet launch encouraging more women to stand and the difference Lib Dem Women have made. This takes place at  Hesketh 2, The Ramada Plaza, Southport on Friday 9 March, 20:15-21:30.

Show your backing for the campaign – Sharing your photo with these signs on social media and emails.

Find out, publicise and attend events in your areaFind out more.

Share one of these videos via social media – A range of videos for your social media.

You can sign up to say how you will press for progress – Indicate to local residents about the steps you are going to take.

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