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#IWD2018  8 March 2018

Now, more than ever, there's a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There's a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.


International Women's Day

International Women's Day

Celebrate International Women's Day at an event near you.

Each year International Women's Day is celebrated across the globe on 8 March. It is a widely celebrated as an opportunity to draw attention to the struggle for women's rights, to link these up with women's struggles worldwide and to demonstrate international sisterly solidarity with working women everywhere.

A woman's place is in the union Please check the website for information about the significance of the day and for details of any events being held near you. UCU has produced a wall-chart to commemorate the day, which you can download below, or order a hard copy by emailing:

UCU International Woman's Day wallchart - large high-resolution version [5Mb]

We would be pleased to hear about any activity your branch or local association are planning to mark this day. To celebrate International Women's Day, UCU produced a film entitled 'A woman's place is in the union' to raise awareness and to encourage UCU women to play an active role within the union at local as well as national level. The film is accompanied by a postcard [123kb] which can be ordered from:

Equal pay

We have produced a set of questions to help you identify whether you may have an equal pay or other discrimination claim:  Getting equal pay – questions that might help [119kb]

See also our gender pay campaign page.

Charter for Women

The Charter for Women was launched at a fringe meeting at the TUC women's conference in March 2003. Its aim is to revitalise the socialist feminist movement in the UK and to connect the struggle against women's oppression in society with the campaigns of working women and their trade unions. We want to inspire a new generation of women to challenge sexism and racism and ensure that the fight for women's rights is at the forefront of the agenda of the labour movement and of other social movements. UCU is one of many trade unions and women's organisations that have affiliated: A charter for women [152kb]