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This International Women’s Day (8 March) the focus is on what we can all do, collectively, to break the bias and create a more equal world.

Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. Knowing that bias exists isn’t enough, action is needed to level the playing field.

As a council we’ll be asking staff and councillors: Will you actively call out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping each time you see it? And we’re inviting local people and businesses to do the same.

What is International Women's Day?

First marked in 1911, International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day aims to encourage individuals, groups, organisations and businesses to come together and celebrate women’s achievements and call for women’s equality.

You can find out more about International Women’s Day on the official website and see how people around the world are coming together on 8 March.

How you can support International Women's Day in Portsmouth

We’ll be celebrating International Women’s Day on Facebook (Portsmouth City Council)Instagram (Portsmouth City Council) and Twitter (Portsmouth Today) on 8 March, so get involved – like, comment, share and show your support for International Women’s Day 2022.

  • Show your solidarity by striking the International Women’s Day 2022 pose – crossing your arms as an X – and sharing your photo on social media with the hashtag #BreakTheBias.
  • Share the commitment you’ll make to call out gender bias – we’ll share your contributions through Instagram Stories on the day itself.
  • If you’re posting online, use the hashtags #BreakTheBias, #IWD2022 and #IWDPortsmouth to join in the conversations around International Women’s Day.

You can also download #BreakTheBias selfie posters from the International Women’s Day website – tag us or use the #IWDPortsmouth hashtag and we’ll share them on the day too.

Find out what else is happening this International Women's Day

Read more about Famous Women of Portsmouth on the Visit Portsmouth website.

The D-Day Story’s ‘Whatever Floats Your Boat – No Questions Asked’ is a community created installation currently on display inside the former fuel compartment of historic Landing Craft. Follow the museum on Facebook (The D-Day Story)Twitter (The D-Day Story) and Instagram (The D-Day Story Portsmouth).

You can join a whole host of online events around the world to mark International Women’s Day – find out more on the International Women’s Day website.

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