Each year, 8 March marks International Women’s Day. We are proud to celebrate IWD and the push for gender equality.

Last week, our Gender Parenting and Carers Diversity and Inclusion Focus Group organised a glorious evening of cocktails and comedy to mark International Women’s Day 2024. The event was a fundraiser for Women’s Aid, who provide much-needed frontline domestic abuse services that help thousands of survivors to leave and recover from domestic abuse every year.

Attendees were treated to an riotous evening from comedian and feminist powerhouse Jessica Fostekew, who took time out of her national tour to perform a hilarious stand-up set at Stewarts’ New Street Square office, with video-link for Leeds. Our thanks to Jessica for taking the time from her schedule, and all those who contributed to the vital lifesaving support and protection for local domestic abuse services provided by Women’s Aid.



The theme for International Women’s Day this year is inspiring inclusion. This multi-faceted approach encompasses:

  • Celebrating women’s achievement
  • Raising awareness about discrimination
  • Taking action to drive gender parity

International Women’s Day is an annual, global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The first IWD was marked in 1911 and even then, had more than one million participants. Since then, IWD has grown exponentially and is now an official holiday in several countries worldwide. As world-renowned feminist Gloria Steinem explained: “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.” IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD action is valid.



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