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Monday, 12 March 2018

International Women's Day; Celebrating, Reflecting and Challenging

On International Women's Day BARAC UK kept the focus on intersectionality and as well as celebrating our achievements, looked at the struggles we still face. Read perspectives and thoughts here from three BARAC Women,  Donna Guthrie, Colette Williams and Zita Holbourne:

Read a feature written for the Morning Star  by National Chair of BARAC UK, here:

International Women's Day is for All Women

Zita was also interviewed by the think tank Class  and by African print fashion company Grass-Fields:

Watch Celebrating International Women's Day here

Read Interview with Grass - Fields here

Donna Guthrie, BARAC Women's Officer organised an event celebrating the stories of black women campaigners; here is her IWD 18 message:

As BARAC UK Women's Officer I would like to send International Women's Day greetings to Sisters wherever you are and hope that our fight for equality, freedom, justice and peace is successful and that our great contributions are recognised and valued.
I spent International Women's Day campaigning with strikers and students at UCL and toured the numerous picket lines to highlight the gender pay gap and bring international women's day greetings. We led a march to UUK offices and i encouraged striking women to speak from the crowd. Followed by fantastic feminist teach out.
I ended my day hosting an IWD celebration evening in my Labour party ward with speakers from the local Avenue Parents' Group anti Academisation campaign and BARAC National chair Zita Holbourne. The evening was so enjoyable and members raised £46 in the raffle and badges sold to donate to BARAC's humanitarian aid for refugees.

Colette Williams our Manchester and North West lead convenor and chair wrote a moving  and powerful article for  Jam Session magazine:

Read: Still I Struggle here

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