Happy International Women’s Day 2018! 

This year is something of a milestone for women’s rights – on February 6th 1918, The Representation of the People Act was passed, giving certain women over the age of 30 a vote and the right to stand for Parliament. This year, many have been celebrating 100 years since this event, but it’s so incredibly important to remember that this was only the beginning… and we’re very much still fighting today.

2018 only marks 100 years since white, wealthy women received the vote, and unfortunately, many women around the globe are still fighting for the basic rights that many of us take for granted. Issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM), period poverty, child brides, even the simple right of using the right bathroom are still affecting women, girls, and people of other marginalised genders across the world. Not to mention rampant sexism and harassment in the workplace, the media and the home.

“Here at The Nopebook we want to look ahead to what we want to have achieved in the next 100 years. What still needs to be done?”

While we have achieved a lot in the last 100 years, and we have much to celebrate, here at The Nopebook we want to look ahead to what we want to have achieved in the next 100 years. What still needs to be done? Who has of yet been forgotten? And who is already working achieving these goals, that we can raise up and support on International Women’s Day and everyday?

To highlight the things we want to achieve in the next century, today we launch our #Next100years campaign to highlight the fact that we are not yet done. Though apparently, 40% of the population feel that feminism has gone too far (funny, I don’t recall being asked), BAME women, LGBTQ+ women, disabled women and working class women are still disproportionately affected by sexism and misogyny, and for a supposedly advanced society, that is appalling. Gone too far? We say feminism has not gone far enough.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming series of articles discussing what needs to be achieved within the #Next100Years, and if you have a topic you’d like to discuss, please do get in touch!

In the meantime, check out this incredible list of activists and organisations who are well aware that more needs to be done, and have a very happy International Women’s Day!

Bloody Good Period – providing menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them.

Mermaids – raising awareness about gender nonconformity in children and young people amongst professionals and the general public.

The Outside Project – a homeless/crisis shelter and community for the LGBTIQ+ community who feel that they are on the outside of services due to historical and present prejudice in society and in their homes.

Refuge – provider of specialist services for women and children escaping domestic violence.

ARC (Abortion Rights Campaign) – a movement for choice and change in Ireland, supporting the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment to the Constitution by the Irish Parliament.

Daughters of Eve – working to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Bloody Big Brunch – launching events around the UK, putting a bloody novel way to end period poverty on the menu.

Women’s Aid – a grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.

Mind – providing advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, and campaigning to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.

BEAT – supporting anyone affected by eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS or any other difficulties with food, weight and shape.

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