Celebrate International Women’s Day – McCallion

Speaking on International women’s day newly elected Foyle Sinn Féin  MLA Elisha McCallion said

“This year is the 106th anniversary of International Women’s Day when women all over the world will celebrate the lives of women and their achievements.

©/Lorcan Doherty Photography - 27th January 2016.  Culture Minister Car‡l N’ Chuil’n launching the Talent Northwest 2016. Included are deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, Laura McNutt, previous competitor, Ollie Green, Greater Shantallow Community Arts, and the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

International Women’s Day was first celebrated back in 1911 when women came together worldwide to campaign for better pay, voting rights and an end to discrimination.

Today it continues to be celebrated by women in Derry and across Ireland, and has become a global day of recognition of women’s contribution to society celebrating the economic, political, social and cultural achievements of women.

Everyone agrees that women have come a long way since the first International Women’s Day, but unfortunately Gender Inequality is still very much prevalent in Irish society.

she went on to say

“It is vitally important we encourage more women into politics and participate in the democratic process.

So in 2017 we need to celebrate who we are, and recognise what we can achieve.