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Get involved in International Women's Day

Just 100 years ago women in the UK didn’t have the right to vote, they weren’t allowed to serve as magistrates or jurors, and they were barred from many professions.

March 8th is the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day – providing us with an opportunity to celebrate progress, and to work towards a time when today’s inequalities will seem as shocking as those from 100 years ago.

This year we have teamed up with a number of other organizations as part of the We Are Equals coalition. As always there are plenty of ways for you to get involved, to demand equality in your neighbourhood and around the world.

1. Ensure women play an active role in the new Egypt

Women are being excluded by the caretaker government and the international community is turning a blind eye. Most recently, a new national committee formed to propose changes to the Egyptian constitution was composed only of men. This is not acceptable.

2. Get involved in the big debate

Head over to and if you’re on Twitter, use the hashtags #iwd and #weareequals

3. Watch and share the Equals film

James Bond supports International Women’s Day:

What else are you up to? Let us know below or send us a message on Twitter.

Happy International Women’s Day!

See what we’ve done in previous years:

2010: Every day should be Mother’s Day

You contributed to a giant Mother’s Day card – bringing the issue of maternal mortality to the attention of the main political parties.

2009: The #oneten campaign

We used Twitter to highlight a shocking stat: every year one in ten women in the UK suffer rape or other violence.

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