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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2021

International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8, celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. The theme for 2021 is #ChooseToChallenge.



Individuals and organisations are invited to strike their #ChooseToChallenge pose with your hand high by sharing on social media using the hashtags #ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021 to show your commitment to choose to challenge inequality, call out bias, question stereotypes, and help forge an inclusive world.

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NHS International Women’s Day Celebration: #EverydayCourage

International Women’s Day is a celebration of all women: whatever your role, grade or connection to the health and care system. Whether you are a support worker, a clinician, a manager, an agency worker or a volunteer, if you work in health and care, then this event is for you. We also welcome allies who share our goal of gender equality. The event is free to join and take part in.

Women in health and care: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world

Prerana Issar, Chief People Officer of the NHS; and Samantha Allen, Chair of the Health & Care Women Leaders Network, invite you to participate in a nationwide celebration on 8th March 2021.

The day starts with a tweet chat at 7.30am. The main event starts at 10am and will end at 4pm. You can see the full programme here .

Why are we celebrating International Women’s Day?

Women make up 78 per cent of people in health and care. We play a disproportionate role in informal care and in supporting our families during the pandemic. Yet we don’t have the power or role across the formal system that reflects our massive contribution. When we add other factors like race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and sexual orientation, the system is even more unequal. Our rights matter, our dreams matter, our voices matter, and our access to learning, career opportunity and health and care matters. When we connect and collaborate, we can be an unstoppable force for change.

Our theme is #EverydayCourage in tribute to the courage being demonstrated by women in health and care during these extraordinary times. We see the everyday courage of our women colleagues working at the point of care during COVID-19, especially women of colour who work with extra risk. We see the everyday courage of women who juggle work with home schooling or other caring responsibilities. We need the everyday courage to take action for a different future, based on gender equality and social justice.


Caribbean & African Health Network: International Women’s Day Event


The Caribbean & African Health Network will be holding an online event for International Women’s Day on 8th March from 2:00pm – 2:30pm. The event will be taking place over Zoom call and live streamed to YouTube and Facebook.

To register for this event, please email events@cahn.org.uk.


International Women's Day with Achieve: Wednesday 10th March 2021

As part of International Women’s Day, Achieve Community Development are hosting an online conversation café on Wednesday 10th March 2021.

We are also inviting you to nominate a woman (famous or not) that you believe to be inspirational. A woman that has confronted bias, sought to smash stereotypes and 'Chooses To Challenge' in order to bring about change. This may be a woman from history, famous in the world today, from your family, within your community or anywhere else.

Please email your nomination along with the reason why you are nominating them and / or a quote from or about them to  ross.darbyshire@gmmh.nhs.uk .

Contributions may be used on Achieve and GMMH social media pages.

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