International Women’s Day 2019 #BalanceForBetter

Today people across West Yorkshire are celebrating International Women’s Day. Throughout the week, various events have been taking place; from women’s self-defence classes in Brighouse, to yoga and flash mobs in Bradford.

Today people across West Yorkshire are celebrating International Women’s Day.

Throughout the week, various events have been taking place; from women’s self-defence classes in Brighouse, to yoga and flash mobs in Bradford.

This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceForBetter, and is encouraging a more gender-balanced world.

The very first ‘Woman’s Day’ was held on February 28th 1909, where 15,000 women marched through New York demanding voting rights, shorter working hours and better pay.

An afternoon of stalls, raffles, music and a guest speaker took place at Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre in Halifax on Wednesday.

Neighbourhood Officer for Calderdale Council, Beth Mandebura, has said “Men and women are totally different, we always have been and we always will be, but I think we’re already near a point where we are quite equal.”

“If anything, I think women have gone above and beyond, I’m a working mum of 3 children, and there’s some days where I think ‘I can’t do this, I can’t work full time and have 3 children’…”

“That gender balance is there, wanting to be everything to everyone, so I think sometimes women have gone above, whereas men have sort of stayed the same.”

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