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Celebrating the Women of the West Midlands on International Women’s Day
IWD campaigners hope that events will help “…honour women’s advancement and diligently remind of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women’s equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.” IWD is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia and an official holiday for women only in China, Madagascar and Nepal.
In Birmingham, a month long photography exhibition is being held at Birmingham Central Library in association with Macmillan Cancer Support. The photographs celebrate inspiring women from Birmingham including an MP, charity workers and a Big Issue seller. The photographs were taken by Jane Crouch, a data manager at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The photographs are on display until 30 March 2011.
Other events to celebrate IWD included a list of 100 inspiring women in the Guardian newspaper. However, call us biased, but here at Charityzine we were gutted that no women from the West Midlands made it to the list. So, inspired by Jane’s photos and by the women of the West Midlands, our list of most influential women in the limelight from the West Midlands is maintained here.