Wrexham to mark International Women’s Day

A worldwide event that celebrates the achievements of women will be marked by local Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths, and Wrexham residents this week.

International Women’s Day is commemorated every year on 8th March.  It is a global initiative which first took place in 1911 and highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

To mark this year’s event, Lesley Griffiths AM will be taking part in Wrexham Youth Service’s scheme which offers young women the chance to shadow influential local women for the day.

The young participant will join Lesley on a visit to Alexandra CP School for a question and answer session with the school council.  They will also attend Coleg Cambria’s International Women’s Day event where people will be encouraged to highlight and celebrate the influential women who inspire them.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “International Women’s Day has been observed for over 100 years and during that time, the world has witnessed a significant change in its attitudes towards women.  The Day offers the opportunity to celebrate the amazing, inspirational role models that have promoted women’s rights and helped create a more tolerant and equal society.”

“Unfortunately, significant barriers remain.  Eradicating the gender pay gap and ensuring there is equal representation across all aspects of society is a key commitment, and I am proud the Welsh Labour Government has continued to make good progress in promoting equality and helping women and girls overcome many of the barriers they face.”

“I am pleased local organisations, such as Wrexham Youth Service and Coleg Cambria are marking International Women’s Day, helping to engage the next generation of women and build more equitable societies.”

This year’s theme is ‘Balance for Better’, which encourages everyone to strive for, build and create a gender-balanced world.