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Leeds International Women's Day event

International Women's Day started in 1910, and since then, for over 100 years, women have attended rallies and events to campaign for the right to vote, rights to training and work, the right for women to hold public office and to end discrimination against women. 


We do this on 8 March every year, to show solidarity with women around the world and to continue to campaign for equal rights. 


This year's theme is Inspire Inclusion, which emphasises the importance of diversity and empowerment in all aspects of society. 


The theme underscores the crucial role of inclusion in achieving gender equality. It calls for us to challenge stereotypes and create environments where all women are valued and respected. 


Leeds City Council held a fantastic event at the civil hall today, discussing the work we are doing in Leeds to end violence against women and girls, ensuring we have female leadership in the city and recognising the women who made history in Leeds. 


Happy International Women's Day Weetwood! 


Cllr Jools Heselwood, Women's Champion for Leeds

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