Today is International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Progress has definitely been made towards gender equality, and continues to be made, particularly in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp campaigns which have brought attention to the sexual harassment and violence that too many women have experienced.
However, the unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
Here in Norwich, we've been running the 'Reclaim the Night' march to protest against street harassment and sexual, relationship and domestic abuse since 2016. This year, we are marching again tonight, led by uea(su)'s Women's officer Amy Atkinson.
The event starts with a Poetry Night at 9pm at the Dog House (18 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1BA) and then involves marching for around half an hour to the end of Prince of Wales Street and returning to The Dog House between 11 and 11.30pm
We will also be fundraising for Leeway, a Norfolk domestic abuse charity.
Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends, bring your voices and join the march. Let's make Norwich safer for everyone.
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