This International Women’s Day on 8th March, the world is being asked to ‘Choose to Challenge’. By challenging gender bias and inequality we help to create an inclusive society.
Set your own challenge this month and help raise money and awareness for equality through WEP’s #Challenge4Equality campaign.
From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge and #Challenge4Equality.
Set your own goals. Fundraise to challenge the patriarchy. #Challenge4Equality
Rather than us telling you what to do we want you to choose your challenge - something that pushes you, challenges you to grow and crucially something that brings you joy and celebrates you. Challenge yourself by setting a goal to complete over the next month, and you can challenge the patriarchy by fundraising from friends and family for the Women’s Equality Party at the same time.
Here are some ways you can join in:
🌎Learn a new language
🎸Learn a new instrument
Ask your friends and family to sponsor your challenge. In the process, you might even challenge them as well. We’ll give you all the resources you need to set your challenge and gather your sponsorship. We’ll also help you along the way with tips, support and regular check ins via phone and email. We’ll also be encouraging you to support each other by sharing your progress via social media using #Challenge4Equality
We’ll be putting on a glamorous awards evening (via your living room) where we’ll give out prizes for ‘most inventive challenge’, ‘most fundraised’ and ‘most improved’ among others!
The ways in which WE chooses to challenge:
WE challenge the lack of representation of women in politics, business and the legal system. Only 34% of MPs are women and there are only 5 CEOs of FTSE 100 companies.
WE challenge inequality in pay. Women still earn just 81p of every pound earned by men. Women earn less per hour, less per job and less overall.
WE challenge the treatment of women in the media. No female directors were nominated for the 2020 Oscars and only five women have ever been nominated for best director in the award’s history.
WE challenge the inequality in health for women and girls. Black women in the UK are four times more likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth than white women.
WE challenge gender bias in education. Only 22% of female students at mixed-sex schools think their school takes sexism seriously enough.
WE challenge inequality in childcare and caregiving with campaigns such as #Homeschooled to push for a legal right to shared furlough or guaranteed Self-Employment Income Support for all parents.
WE challenge violence against women and girls. Four in five migrant women are turned away from refuge whilst fleeing abuse, which we’re challenging with our #SantuaryCity campaign.