International Women's Day

It’s International Women’s Day. This is why that matters

It's a day to celebrate and highlight all the women calling for change

Women around the world are protesting for progress, politicians are talking about inequality, women's projects are being highlighted and celebrated, and people are doing loads and loads of social media posts. It's International Women's Day.

What it means: IWD happens on the 8 March each year, but in the year of #metoo, and #TimesUp, there's a real spotlight on women calling for change.

There are organised protests: Around the world, women are taking part in a day of strike action to protest against how much work women do for free, or for significantly less money (that's the pay . Lots of those protests are being organised by Women's Strike, which says women will be stopping work, whether that's "paid work in offices and factories, or unpaid domestic work in homes, communities and bedrooms", to highlight inequality.

In politics, Theresa May is announcing a change to anti-domestic abuse laws that for the first time includes 'economic' abuse. It could be by controlling their finances or by saying which jobs they can and can't do.

If you want to read a bit more about economic abuse, we published a piece by the writer Katy Brent last year on how easy (and dangerous) it is to lose financial independence in a relationship.

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