Next week (8 March) is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also encourages people and organisations to take action towards a more inclusive, gender equal world.

With our commitment to being an inclusive employer, we’re supporting this year’s campaign and the theme of #PressforProgress

Wherever you are in the country, there are lots of ways you can get involved and support the #PressforProgress campaign:

  • Make a #PressforProgress pledge and take action
  • Use the hashtag #PressforProgress on Twitter and get involved in the conversation
  • There are events and celebrations planned across the Co-op, so ask your manager if there’s anything planned in your area. The International Women’s Day website also has lots of resources you can use to get involved – including event packs, widgets, selfie cards and content to use in school talks
  • If you’re based in Manchester or Glasgow, we’re hosting these events at our support centres, and everyone’s welcome:


Book yourself onto a development workshop (various sessions/locations – check event details):

From 12-2pm you can also join us in the 1 Angel Square Atrium to find out how our Fairtrade roses are supporting a maternity unit in Kenya, and chat to colleagues from our Aspire network.

Newhouse Depot

Join Catherine Muirden, Food HR Director for a discussion about the importance of our Ways of Being in creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.






Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. @Helter Skelter how did I know that was coming…

  2. So what are the plans for the 19 of November and International Men’s day. its only fair if we celebrate one group we must celebrate the other

    • Hi Helter Skelter,

      The work that goes into organising IWD events is all done by volunteers from across the Co-op, organising these events on top of their day job. I’m sure if you wanted to organise an event for IMD 2018 you would have support.

      There are some really interesting stats from social media which shows that people only talk about International Men’s Day around 8th March. In fact, the comedian Richard Herring usually dedicates his Twitter feed on IWD to responding to “when is International Men’s Day?” questions.

      • Glad to see someone beat me to mentioning Richard Herring!

        • Hi Jamie

          🙂 This year’s he’s started a Just Giving page for Refuge. At last count he’d raised £50,000!

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