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International Women’s Day: Breakfast, Badges and Banners

Thursday, 8 March 2018
10am – 3pm

Collective Action in Birmingham

Ahead of International Women’s we shared breakfast, coffee and stories, whilst making banners, placards and badges for the gathering that took place at Birmingham Victoria Square.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has taken place all over the world for well over a century, with the first being organised by the Suffragettes in 1911 – you can read more about IWD 2018 HERE. For this years IWD, Eastside Projects staff either withdrew their labour and joined the Women’s Strike, or wore black in solidarity.

The Women’s Strike called for solidarity between women – women of colour, indigenous, working class, disabled, migrant, Muslim, lesbian, queer and trans women. This strike extended beyond the paid environment into domestic labour and care. Many women were not be able to participate and so we stood in place for our sisters. We also encouraged the men in our lives to support the strike and stand up for gender equality.

You can find out more about the 2018 Women’s Strike and other activity that took place around Birmingham and across the UK HERE.