Today is International Women’s Day (March 8) which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality.
Below is the motion that I have submitted seeking cross-party support and action from Fife Council:
MOTION: Fife Council recognises that today March 8th is International Women’s Day, a global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as well as marking a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Council also recognises that 2018 is an important year for the commemoration of the struggle for women’s suffrage, in which we celebrate the centenaries of a number of milestones in the history of women’s political emancipation.
Council notes the First Minister’s announcement marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage of a new £500,000 fund to provide grants for grassroots and local projects to encourage greater representation of women in political roles at all levels of Scottish society.
Council requests the Executive Directors of Community Services and of Education and Children’s Services along with partners within Council Services and Community Planning Partners to make sure Fife plays its part in celebrating these anniversaries and promoting the First Minister’s initiative.
Council further requests that the Executive Directors bring a report to Council by the end of August detailing what wheels have been set in motion to mark these anniversaries and promote political participation by women in Fife.