Hi, I’m Katherine and I’m in charge of the monthly newsletter and social media for Nottingham Women’s Centre.
Although I work for the Centre I’m actually based in Liverpool which is just one of many examples of the flexible working available here. Despite working remotely, I keep in regular content with the staff through my job and they all help to make sure I feel connected with what’s happening in Nottingham and the Centre.
I find the social media side of my role really interesting because it enables us to engage with people and join campaigns all across the world so it feels quite far-reaching. When working on the newsletter I also enjoy researching issues relevant to our mission here at the Centre and writing articles- I’ve always liked to write and being able to do it as part of my job is great!
Before I started this position at the Centre in November I volunteered here for about a year. The more I learnt about the Centre the more amazed I was by the different services they offered to women in need and despite having moved away since, I’ve never seen another women’s centre as dedicated to empowering and helping women as Nottingham.
At the moment, I’m also working as a part-time receptionist but hoping to pursue a career in charity and women’s services sometime soon. When I’m not in the office I like to spend my free time being active and at the moment I’m really enjoying going climbing and doing our local park-run. After living away during my University years it’s also been really nice to be able to spend lots of time with my family again.
If you’re not signed up to our newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name to be added to the list. They come out once a month and are full of news about what’s coming up at the centre and events in the city that might appeal to our community- it’s a great way to find out about our work as well!
Doing the Parkrun with my Dad
International Women’s Day is about raising awareness of gender inequality and women’s rights across the world and in order to do this properly, it’s important to keep track of the progress that has been made already, worldwide, since last International Women’s Day in 2017.
Last year saw the launch of the Equal Pay International Coalition by the Organisation of Economic Development, the International Labour Organisation and UN Women as an attempt to get countries to enforce equal pay policies. Norway’s football association also announced pay equality across the sport.
Tunisia, Lebanon and Jordan finally eradicated the law allowing rapists to escape charges if they married their victims and there was great progress across Latin America and the Caribbean to protect against forced child marriage. In a huge breakthrough for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, women are also now being granted driving licenses after many years of campaigning.
Importantly, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements more recently have empowered brave victims of sexual abuse to come forward and speak up about the crimes, forcing sexual abuse and harassment at work into public view and encouraging action to be taken.
Despite this action, sadly much remains to be done to ensure gender equality. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development released a report earlier last year commenting that progress to gender equality is far too slow. The Fawcett Society also released a Sex Discrimination Law Review in January with considerable findings of inequality within Britain. The main focuses included the gender pay gap, violence against women and girls, hate crime and misogyny and Sex Equality in Northern Ireland.
So it feels as important as ever to keep celebrating International Women’s Day and #PressforProgress until we have achieved equality for women! If you want to get involved yourself, we’ve created a calendar of all the events going on in the city which you can find here, so have a look and pop along to something!