Press for Progress and be proud

Today (Thursday, March 8) is International Women’s Day.


It is celebrated around the world and highlights the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also promotes equality.

Many organisations mark the day and chose a theme that fits with their particular agenda or cause.

This year the main theme is #pressforprogress, with the push being for equal treatment. This builds on current campaigns including #MeToo, #TimesUp and #ReclaimtheNight – something BWP has supported.

PressforProgress fits with much of the work done by BWP. We love to see progress achieved by our service users as they work on rebuilding their confidence and their lives.

We want to see progress in the way the law treats those affected by domestic abuse. It is expected that today will see the government launch consultation on a new domestic abuse bill. We hope the bill demonstrates our society has made progress in the way in views domestic abuse and the ways survivors and perpetrators are treated.

As well as being a day of campaigning, we also think International Women’s Day should be a day of celebration of the achievements made by women.

In the last 12 months we have seen a 42% increase in the number of women we have supported, and we have also seen dozens of these women make progress in rebuilding their confidence and their lives and planning for a much brighter future.

We know how hard this can be and we are very proud of every step they have made. We celebrate their progress today.

We have also seen women’s groups and clubs help us by organising fund-raising and awareness-raising events; we thank them for their amazing support. What these women do is definitely something to celebrate.

Last but not least are the women who are our Trustees, our volunteers and our staff. We really couldn’t do it without you.

We wish a very happy International Women’s Day to you all.