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International Women's Day


Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day.  A truly historical day in the light of recent events.   It began last October when a raft of Hollywood actresses went public with claims of sexual harassment against the producer, Harvey Weinstein.  The #MeToo movement started shortly afterwards and gained momentum throughout January and February.  Running in tandem was the issue of gender pay in the BBC which was the catalyst for the nation’s workforce to consider the matter.  An open letter signed by 190 actors had called on women in the film industry to wear black to the Baftas and to “use our power as communicators and connectors to shift the way society sees and treats us. We need to examine the kind of womanhood our industry promotes and sells to the world.” Many actresses brought along a female activist instead of a date and combined with the blackout, put the fight for equality fairly and squarely in the spotlight. 

As many of you may know, Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman to receive the Cecil B DeMille lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globe awards.  At the ceremony she spoke passionately and eloquently about many of the subjects and issues that have been raised since the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal erupted a few months ago.  Her speech has had a powerful impact on the fight for equality and I think that it will become an iconic speech and a defining historical moment – people will refer to it for many years to come and today, to mark International Women’s Day I think that you should see it in full.

Click here to view Oprah's speech 

This year’s International Women’s Day is focusing on the campaign #PressforProgress and with that in mind, let us pray:

Lord, give us the strength and courage to respond to the strong call to action to press forward and progress gender equality.  Now, more than ever, we need to #PressforProgress, motivating friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. Amen. 


Posted: 05/03/2018 at 09:37
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