Holding up the Sky to support International Women’s Day

Come and help celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8th with an inspiring film about women who succeed against the odds. Presented by director, Russ Pariseau, Holding Up The Sky is an inspiring tale about 7 Nepali women and 3 African “sisters” who climbed Kilimanjaro on International Women’s Day in 2013. Their mission was to call attention to the challenges girls and young women face growing up in traditional patriarchal societies of the developing world. The physical challenges of the Kilimanjaro climb parallel the individual stories each woman relates about overcoming “gender obstacles” growing up.

This is a timely film given the current spotlight on the barriers women face … and overcome … and the IWD theme for 2018 is #PressforProgress. IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first run by the Suffragettes in 1911 – it is not country, group or organisation specific. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away, there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and there is currently strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

This event supports both the charity Womankind who work at local, regional and international levels to ensure women’s voices are heard, their rights are realised, and their lives are free from violence, and also the Community Space in Littlehempston Church where the event takes place. Entry is £3, doors open at 7pm and the event starts at 7.30pm. There’ll be a bar and light refreshments – please eat lots of cake in aid of Womankind. Feel free to share this invitation with as many of your friends as possible.