12th March 2018 – Press for Progress was the campaign theme for an inspiring day of talks, discussion and activities all focused around exploring what it means to be a young woman in society today. Along with pupils from other schools across London and the Southeast, Loreto WoW representatives from Years 7, 8, 9 and 12 attended this event at the Southbank Centre as part of International Women’s Day (IWD).
The morning began with a warm up dance routine lead by ‘Myself UK Dance’. This was followed by an introduction from Jude Kelly, Artistic Director at the Southbank. In referencing key movements for change this year such as the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns, her clear message was that anyone with a strong sense of justice can make a difference; we can all stand up, speak out and press for progress to gain equality.
The Fawcett Society ran a workshop about how the Suffragists and Suffragettes brought about significant change in helping women successfully lobby to get the right to vote. The girls were asked to consider what still needed to change to bring about equality.
Later the girls helped to create a song containing empowering lyrics with ‘Girls Rock London’. This was followed by an inspirational talk to end the day by Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London. He echoed the main message of the day that every one of us can be a ‘Changemaker’, and he said he was very proud of the #BehindEveryGreatCity gender equality campaign that he launched earlier this year.
We were very proud of the way our WoW representatives conducted themselves – they were an outstanding group.
Ms Daniells Conroy and Ms McLauchlan