Hounslow Council to celebrate International Women’s Day 2019

On Friday 8 March, women from all over the world will celebrate International Women’s Day, an annual celebration which recognises and showcases the achievements of women.

Published: Friday, 1st March 2019

#BalanceForBetter the theme for International Women's Day.

The 2019 theme for International Women's Day is #BalanceforBetter.

Hounslow Council are proud to support International Women's Day with events celebrating local women and their achievements.

In recognition of this day, the council would like to invite you a free film screening of ‘Made in Dagenham’ based on a true story, it explores the movement that caused a significant law reform.

Set in Ford Dagenham in east London, 187 women sewing-machinists went on strike against sex discrimination in job grading. The women had been placed in the unskilled B grades although they did the same level of work - making car seat-covers - as men placed in the semi-skilled C grade. The women, moreover, were paid 85 percent of the male rate. Confronted by Ford's refusal to upgrade them, they walked out and stayed out for three weeks. Their struggle remains an inspiration to millions of women fighting discrimination and poor working conditions and ultimately ths lead to the passing of the Equal Pay Act 1970.

The film (certificate 15) will be shown in the Council Chamber at the Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 4DN at 5.15pm on Friday 8 March, 2019. (Refreshments will also be available on the day, courtesy of ASDA Hounslow)

The film is being shown in partnership with Reach Children’s Hub and Girls’ Group.

To register and book your place, visit Eventbrite call on 020 8583 2530 to secure a place.

Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Communities and Workforce, Hounslow Council, said: “International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the strength and advancement of all women.

“The day brings together women from all continents, often divided by national boundaries and ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences.

“On the evening a presentation will be held by young women, to highlight the issues of unequal pay and rights of women which are still an issue in our society today.”

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