Wigan Borough gets ready to mark International Women’s Day


Inspirational female leaders from the worlds of business, local government, education, and community work, will come together next week to mark International Women’s Day.

A week-long programme of events, led by Wigan Council, will include online panel discussions and a celebration lunch with the theme, ‘Breaking the Bias’.

Women who have recently come to the borough from Afghanistan shared their stories at the lunch event on International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8, and there were performances from local poet Louise Fazackerley and WigLe Dance.

Lead Member for Equalities, Councillor Paula Wakefield, said:
“International Women’s Day is marked across the world on March 8 and it’s so important that we continue to recognise it.

“Some people do believe that women now have equality but there is still a lot to be achieved, both in other countries, where laws actively discriminate against women, and here in Wigan Borough, where you can still find daily examples of gender bias.

“This year, the international theme is, ‘Breaking the Bias’, which asks us all to consider what a world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination might be like.”

The schedule started on Monday 7 March, when Sue France, chair of local women in business networking event, FubHub, hosted a digital discussion with other local businesswomen.

More online discussions will follow on Wednesday 9 March, when Assistant Director at Wigan Council, Julie Middlehurst, will lead a discussion on the safety of women, and on Friday 11 March, when actor and presenter Vic Cook, will host a question-and-answer session on the barriers that women from different communities can be faced with when striving to achieve their goals.

Councillor Wakefield added:
“It can often feel like the problems of the world are so overwhelming, that it can be hard to know where to begin addressing them

“The idea behind International Women’s Day is that we need to start small.

“We’re all responsible for our own actions every day, so if we can start to break the bias in our own small communities, and if all of us do this across the world, the impact could be enough to create change.”

The online events will be streamed from Wigan Council’s Facebook page at 6pm. To send questions in advance, please email pr@wigan.gov.uk There will also be an opportunity to ask questions live during the events.