Harry Catherall, Cllr Arooj Shah and Cllr Amanda Chadderton Published: Thursday, 03rd March 2022

International Women’s Day is dedicated to raising awareness about gender equality and celebrating the achievements of women.

Join us this year for some inspirational events at Oldham Library and take part in highlighting amazing women, past and present, throughout the day on Tuesday 8 March.

We’re encouraging residents across Oldham to nominate their local heroines – women who have inspired them or who have achieved something for Oldham – to be featured on the Council’s social media channels throughout the day.  

It could be someone from a local voluntary organisation, a community leader or someone from our past like Annie Kenney or Lydia Beckett – just tell us why you’re nominating them.

Make your nomination by sending us a direct message on one of our social media channels or by completing the online form www.oldham.gov.uk/IWD

The theme of this year’s day is #BreakTheBias. With the aim of encouraging us all to imagine world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination – a world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Alongside the celebrations, Oldham Library are hosting two events:

  • Sylvia vs the Fascists, Tuesday 8 March, 2pm and 7pm. A comedy-drama telling the story of Sylvia Pankhurst, who stood up against a British Establishment so afraid of socialism that it appeased the fascists on its own doorstep.

Book your tickets through Eventbrite here.

  • Finding Magic, Wednesday 9 March, 7pm. A one-woman show about how Bev explores her progression through grief and healing after the loss of her son Jess – a story of loss, longing, love and laughter.

Book your tickets through Eventbrite here.

Tickets to the shows are £5 each.

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council, said: “As a council we stand against bias and discrimination of all kinds and encourage people to commit to helping forge an inclusive world. Throughout history, Oldham women have led the way and helped shape the town we know today.

“Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move forward. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough and we all need to work together to level the playing field. 

“That’s why during this year’s International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight inspirational local women, amplifying their voices and ‘breaking the bias’. We want to encourage residents to help share their stories of inspirational local women and showcase the great work that has taken place, past or present, across the borough.

“We and invite residents to get in touch with their nomination in the coming week so we can share with others and celebrate what Oldham women have achieved.”.

“Now let’s all get involved and celebrate the achievements of our local women.”

For more information on International Women’s Day, visit www.internationalwomensday.com    

Residents can also help to spread the word by creating your own social media cards on the International Women’s Day website and by sharing your image with the hashtags #IWD2022 and #BreakTheBias. 

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