Captured by: Oreoluwa Oke

The contributions that women make to society are being celebrated during Women’s History Month in Nottingham.

At Nottingham Trent University they displayed the #EmbraceEquity pose. Students and staff struck the pose to show their solidarity and challenge existing systems that disadvantage their female employees.

Every year during Women’s History Month the contributions of women are celebrated and people reflect on the progress and work that still needs to be done to achieve gender equality.

It is not a secret that women have historically faced larger barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in the economy, whether it is equal pay, harassment or disparity in promotions.

Audio: Sara Murcott, co-chair of the steering group for the women’s staff at NTU talks about the challenges women face in their career progression

Workshops have been held by Becky Cullen, the director of the WRAP (writing, reading and pleasure) organisation in Nottingham to recognise the often unrecognised accomplishments of female authors. The workshop allowed attendees to express themselves and shine a light and honour who they have read.

Becky believes in the importance of spaces like this and how she wanted to bring as many women and men as possible to celebrate writing and send them away with the spring in their step.

She worries that “women have to be jolly and helpful and struggle to say no,” so hopefully this will give women the courage to speak out.

“I spend a lot of time with younger people and other writers trying to help harness their creativity and give them permission to speak and use their voices.”

Captured by Oreoluwa Oke; Hanaa and Ameena

Ameena is extremely passionate about the issues in the work place and what it means to be a Muslim woman.

Women are encouraged to celebrate the achievements they have made, and to highlight issues that they continue to face.

Several events are taking place to promote the celebration, including workshops, events and a stage for writers, musicians, actors and dancers to showcase their talents.

  • Women spend at least twice as much time as men on domestic work.
  • The overall mean gender pay gap has increased from 3.8% in 2022 to 6.6% in 2023.
  • Gender discrimination is encoded into law.

Source: Pan Macmillan book publishers