What International Women’s Day means to me

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This week is International Women’s Day and NTU are hosting a week long programme of free events to celebrate the day. To mark the week we will be sharing blogs from current NTU students on what the week means to them.

By Chelsea Sowden, Year 3 (BA hons) Animation 

International Women’s Day, for me, has multiple layers to it. It’s about celebrating women and our achievements and taking stock of our progress and advancement towards complete gender equality, but also remembering those who have fought for us along the way, and those who are less fortunate than ourselves. It’s exciting and celebratory, but also quite sobering.

The last year has brought some welcome news, some of the most recent being Harvey Weinstein being found guilty of two counts in the long-running sexual assault trial against him. Women sought justice, they mobilised, and they made an astounding difference to the world in movements against sexual harassment and violence. However, at the same time, Mexican press published graphic leaked photos of Ingrid Escamilla’s mutilated corpse after she became victim to yet another brutal femicide. We are progressing and advancing, but we have certainly not yet achieved equality. Actually, we’re far from it. It’s estimated that we’re still over 100 years away from it, meaning it’s unlikely we’ll see it happen within our lifetimes unless we work harder, shout louder, and mobilise for change.

We are Generation Equality. We have the power to make the changes so that we can achieve gender equality and parity across the globe. Let’s use this power to press for progress – not just for us, but for every single person that we share a world with not just now, but those that will come in the future as well. Challenge gender norms and binaries, empower each other, celebrate diversity, break stereotypes, mobilise, and take action. Gender equality is within our reach.

For help and advice whilst studying at NTU, take a look at the following for sources of support.
Personal Pastoral Support at NTU (general worries and anxiety, homesickness, loneliness, a relationship breakup, or a bereavement)
Support from NTU
Silvercloud: SilverCloud is our online system designed to help with a range of mental health issues.
Depression advice
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Wellness in Mind: Advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing
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