In a unique collaboration, writers from the daily women’s news service, Women’s Views on News (WVoN), and the current affairs site for young writers and journalists, the vibe, have come together to celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day (IWD).
Despite the undoubted progress made by women since the first IWD in 1911, prejudice persists across the world, genuine equality is the preserve of a minority and barriers to political engagement remain entrenched.
This is a significant time for civil and human rights and for marginalised groups to find their voice. So from March 7, the two websites will publish a series of features over the course of the week, tackling some of the most pressing issues for women today.
As we approach 50 years since the introduction of the Pill, the vibe‘s Anna Perkins explores how this revolutionised life for women and why, in the places that need it most, it remains a privilege rather than a right.
One of the most pressing issues and the root cause of most discrimination, is gender-based violence. WVoN’s Emine Dilek, who looks at the issue of so-called “honour” killings in Turkey, reports that a girl is poisoned, stabbed, hanged, beheaded, burned, stoned or buried alive, every minute of every day, somewhere in the world.
Other features include the impact of public sector cuts on women; the representation of women in politics; the gender pay gap; the objectification of women; the sexualisation of young girls and violence against trans women.
Alison Clarke, founder and one of the co-editors on WVoN, said: “This is a really exciting initiative between two vibrant and innovative organisations. Through this collaboration, we aim to celebrate International Women’s Day and hope our work will result in women’s voices and experiences being taken more seriously by those in power all over the world”.
Chris McCarthy, founder of the vibe said: “This collaboration will help highlight some of the most pressing and challenging issues facing women today both in Britain and across the world. As public sector cuts look set to hit women hardest and revolution sweeps across traditionally repressive societies, it could not be more timely.”