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News Feature: International Women's Day

By Sana, Isaac and Philippe

Why do we celebrate the International Women's Day? International Women's Day is celebrated annually on March 8. It is a day that celebrates the social, political, and economic achievements of women. Women in various parts of the world use this day to come together to celebrate one another and protest for equal treatment and representation.

At Bolingbroke Academy, we were lucky to have a workshop that took place on 9th March and was hosted by Ms. Funnel. She explained how the workshop would work and handed it over to our school guest, Rosie. Rosie began to talk to us about how important it is for us to realize what is happening around the world and for us to make a change. She then explained about Plan International.

Plan International represents what we should do to recognize the problem of inequality. Plan International UK works to give women the same equal rights as everyone no matter their gender.

Did you know...

...that Plan International created the period emoji? If you go on your phone, it should be there. The emoji is there to help young woman talk about their period without being embarrassed. It was added to Unicode in March 2019. When they created the emoji, 78% of women felt it made them feel more comfortable when they had an emoji to tell their friends or family without feeling uncomfortable.

Did you know...

  • 47% of girls do not feel safe or comfortable walking to school.

  • 1 in 5 girls are missing their education.

  • 2 girls every second are married under the age of 18, which may force them to drop out of school or have underlying health problems.

We interviewed some of the students that went to the convention. Coco in Year 7 said, "I found the workshop quite informative because there were a lot of facts and statistics I was very unaware of and my classmates felt this as well. It was very inspiring because Rosie explained the situation very well of women in Ukraine and the charity they worked for, it really left me thinking about donating and supporting the charities." Our very own Philippe, also in Year 7, said, "I felt that the whole interview really opened my eyes and changed the way I see women. I had NO IDEA that people would go through this! It made me respect women more and honestly made me quite upset that this was happening, and I was oblivious to it." Miss Funnel, who organised the event, said, "I liked that it showed the impact of our action not only in our country, not only in the UK, but worldwide. I loved seeing how curious and knowledgeable all our students were. I Left feeling inspired by you all. Thank you to all the students that came." AND THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CELEBRATED INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY!

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