Nottingham’s Women’s Equality Party came together on Tuesday to celebrate 108 years of International Women’s day and female achievement.
The event which was held in Nottingham’s Cobden Chambers invited women from across the city, to be entertained by live poetry, inspirational stories and general discussions of equality.
Nottingham’s Women’s Equality Party is less than a year old but is already building it’s membership. Their mission is to create a non-partisan party to achieve equality for women to benefit all.
Whilst the day was there to celebrate women, it was also a day to raise awareness of inequalities that still exist in today’s society.
“Being A WOMAN NOW IS BETTER THAN WHAT BEING A WOMAN WAS TEN YEARS, JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH BETTER IT WILL BE IN TEN YEARS TIME”
CLAIRE BROWN, BRANCH OFFICER OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY PARTY
This comes after a recent report from The University and College Union (UCU) which highlighted a £8,844 pay gap between male and female professors at the University of Nottingham, more than a ten per cent difference.
Women were paid less than men at an alarming 154 higher academic institutions, while only eight universities paid female staff equally or more than men.
Claire Brown, Branch Officer of Nottingham’s Women’s Equality Party says a key factor of this could be down to parenting. “At the moment we’ll get equality in a 100 years, well the Women’s Equality Party does not want to wait that long and we don’t think we should, so we’re campaigning to make that change now in all areas of life.”
“Politics, media, business, education and also motherhood. It’s often the case we see that their career’s going really well throughout their twenties and they start dropping off out of their careers because some women chose parenthood, and for some reason in our country it seems only the women who can parent. What the WEP is looking for is equality in parenting, such as parental leave, and making it more flexible and acceptable for men to co-parent their children – that’s so important”.
Meeting at the Women’s Equality Party
The people of Nottingham were supportive of the aims for parity.
Public opinion in Nottingham
Whilst issues such as gender pay-gaps are still ongoing, the Women’s Equality Party hope that continued events such as their own will make the difference. Maragret Dorman, Senior member of the Women’s Equality Party says: “Even though the party itself has only been set up for a year, it’s aim is to bring both men and women in Nottingham together.
“However Nottingham isn’t the whole picture. We need to reach out to people who feel disengaged from politics”.
International Women’s Day’s pledge this year was for parity. With more than forty countries across the world celebrating it and popularity from the #HeForShe campaign, gender inequalities are getting noticed.