Celebrate International Women's Day with an Oxfam Get Together
Kate Walters Digital Marketing & Communications Intern - The Oxfam Get Together Team
6th Mar 2013
On 8 March, and throughout the entire month, thousands of people across the UK are going to be celebrating International Women's Day by holding an Oxfam Get Together - and we can't wait.
The day has become internationally observed since 1909, when it was first recognised in the United States, and it continues to shine the spotlight on the fact that women still tend to have access to fewer resources, fewer rights and fewer opportunities than men.
Women's rights have come a long way since 1909 but even today, in 2013, the majority of people living in poverty are women. Some of the facts are shocking. Did you know, for example, that more than 800 women die from pregnancy-related causes every day, and that 99% of those women live in developing countries? Or that violence against women is responsible for more deaths and disability of women aged 15-44 than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined?
With all this in mind, Oxfam works hard to make sure women are at the heart of all it does. The money raised by Get Together events will make it possible for us to continue working with women living in poverty, helping them to change their own lives for the better.
Up and down the country, thousands of people are planning their Get Togethers. We've heard about cake sales, coffee mornings, a Mad Hatter's Tea Party in Manchester, a film screening in Tunbridge Wells and even 100 people zip-wiring across a river in Morpeth. What will you do?
It's not too late to host your own event - events are being held throughout March and you can sign up today.
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