International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
One woman who is doing a great deal to accelerate equality is Else Kvist, from New Europeans. This is Else's Courage Call:
Else was denied her vote in the 2019 European election and since then has been working with New Europeans to secure a public inquiry into the scandal.
In October 2019, Else put New Europeans in contact with actor, writer and political activist Kate Willoughby, who campaigns in the role of the suffragette Emlly Davison.
Since then New Europeans and #Emilymatters have made common cause in demanding that the rights of EU citizens in the UK and Britons abroad be fully protected.
Taking inspiration from the suffragettes, Else and Kate know that the rights of #the5million will not be ring-fenced and guaranteed until EU citizens in the UK and Britons abroad have the vote.
That is why we have chosen International Womens' Day to highlight the connection between the courageous call for the franchise by the suffragettes and the campaign for #the5million to have the vote today.
What Millicent Fawcett said over 100 years ago still holds true today,
"Courage calls to courage everywhere and its voice cannot be denied."
The right to vote for Britons in Europe has also been a focus for the work of New Europeans over many years.
Sue Wilson, of Bremain in Spain, is leading a renewed drive to have the 15 year rule abolished.
The rule debars long term UK residents abroad from voting in General Elections in the UK.
We are pleased to celebrate Sue's achievements and to add her call to the UK government to make good its promise to scrap the 15 year rule by sharing her "Courage Call".
About International Woman's Day
Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.
An equal world is an enabled world. How will you help forge a gender equal world?
Celebrate women's achievement. Raise awareness against bias.
Take action for equality.