The theme for IWD 2022 was #BreakTheBias.

Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively, we can all #BreakTheBias.

It is up to all of us to choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements, breaking the bias. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

NASUWT members joined the International Women’s Day campaign by downloading the IWD selfie cards and sharing them on their social media platforms to show how they would #BreakTheBias.

TUC fringe event

The NASUWT held a very successful fringe meeting at the Women’s TUC conference on Wednesday 9 March.

Women from nine separate sister unions attended the event to hear about the Step up Sisters campaign, to talk about their own experiences in their unions and to share good practice about the work they do to empower women to participate at every level in their union.

Some quotes from the fringe

Be active but not afraid to set boundaries. Don’t let activists feel guilty for logging off to spend time with family, or not taking a call at 7am. Prioritise looking after ourselves so that we can continue to help others.

We need to work on the ‘disconnect’ that members have: the perception that the ‘union’ is a different entity. Members need to understand they are ‘the union’

It’s important for men to step in when they see unacceptable behaviour from other men.

Further information

Find out more about the NASUWT campaign for women’s rights on our Women Teachers page, our Step up Sisters campaign, and how to Get Active in your Union.

The history of International Women’s Day

This day of action and celebration first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and Europe.

While International Women’s Day is now largely aimed at inspiring women across the world and celebrating their achievements, its roots lie in movements campaigning for better pay and voting rights for women.

The first IWD was held in 1911 when more than one million women and men attended rallies campaigning for women’s rights to work, vote, be trained, hold public office and end discrimination.