On 8th March, Year 8 students at Ark William Parker Academy showed support for International Women’s Day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
During their assembly the boys heard how so many women and girls across the world are still unable to reach their full potential; how they lack access to a proper education, family planning facilities, safe homes and career opportunities. The students showed a real understanding of issues that prevent gender equality. Promotion for the event and support is needed until every female has these things and more.
Many students were also keen to sign the pledge on the White Ribbon campaign website which promises to speak up and stand against violence towards women.
Ms Grimmer Head of Year 8 said, “International Women’s Day is a chance for us to connect women’s struggles in the UK and across the world. It is vital that we encourage boys and men to stand in solidarity with women and girls to highlight inequalities faced by females nationally and globally. Here at Ark William Parker it is imperative that our boys are made aware of and encouraged to support such movements, helping them to develop into well informed young men with respect and compassion for others. Gender equality will benefit males as well as females and the idea that unity is a powerful tool for change is as true now as it has ever been.”