International Women’s Day at Collyer’s

Organisers: Aqsa Rafiq (left) and Jennifer Simmonds.
Organisers: Aqsa Rafiq (left) and Jennifer Simmonds.
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COLLYER’S students celebrated the 101st International Women’s Day while raising women for Oxfam.

The day, held earlier this month, is a rally against inequality as well as a celebration of women’s progress.

Collyer’s student Jennie Simmonds said: “We felt it was really important to raise awareness at Collyer’s by supporting International Women’s Day.

“Staff and students were really interested in our displays and were incredibly supportive.”

Collyer’s Student Aqsa Rafiq, was thrilled: “In addition to raising awareness we also managed to raise almost £100 for Oxfam, which was a fantastic effort,” she said.

Melanie Russell, assistant principal at Collyer’s said she was delighted with the event: “The Collyer’s community have really embraced International Women’s Day.

“Huge thanks must go to all of the students who have worked extremely hard to make the day possible.”

A statement from Glenda Stone, founder of the internationalwomensday.com website that is a global hub for International Women’s Day events, said: “Activity on International Women’s Day has skyrocketed over the last five years.

“This is due to the rise of social media, celebrity involvement, and corporations taking on the day sponsoring and running big events.

“Our twitter.com/womensday community with around 10,000 followers is phenomenal for sharing videos, information and news as it happens. Offline large scale women’s rallies have become even larger through the use of social media.

“It would be hard to find any country that did not celebrate the day in some way.”