Celebrating International Women's Day 2020 with Kings students around the world

International Women’s Day is acknowledged on 8th March annually to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all around the world. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating true gender equality and recognising how far we still have to come.

This year’s theme is #EachforEqual, explained below with a quote from the official International Women’s Day website:

“An equal world is an enabled world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let's all be #EachforEqual.”

We spoke to some Kings’ students across our schools to find out what equality means to them, and why they think equality is still so important in today’s world.

Silvia Helena Casagrande, from Brazil, Kings London (above left):

"I’m an English teacher in my country. I’m a mother; I have two daughters and one son. And I’m also a grandmother. I teach English for teenagers but also for adults at a public institution where there is a High School, aTechnical Institute and a Language Centre.

About equality, for me it means not only having the same rights for men and women but also being respected by the society for who we are, not only for what we do or what we have. If we are women or if we are men we must have the same rights but especially for this date, International Women’s Day, which was established over 100 years ago. I think the importance is to reflect how much we have developed and how far we have gone and even the many other things we might conquer in our society and in everything. We have our worth but I think we should be seen as even more valuable than we currently are."

Hissah Aldolaimi, from Saudi Arabia, Kings London (above right):

"I’m a lawyer, practising. I’ve been working in this field for a long time and what I think equality is to give men and women the same opportunity to work, in many fields. It’s about having the opportunity to represent yourself, to show that you have power, you have intelligence, you have everything in life. I think that many years ago men had all the empowerment, and for now, especially in my country, equality is a new thing [equality] and I’m glad that we finally have it."

Oceane Defoy, France, Kings Los Angeles:

"Many people don't feel good or don't feel at their place because of these inequalities so I think that being equal together can be the best solution. Men and women should be treated at the same level, have the same jobs, and have the same income."

Ellen James, from the United Kingdom, Kings Bournemouth:

“To be respected for my capabilities. As human beings we should not be separated by gender.”

Laura from Italy, Kings New York:

"Equality means not being judged inferior of someone else and having the same opportunities as men."

Fransheska Guglielmi Casas, from Peru, Kings Los Angeles:

"I think as a man or a woman you should have the same rights and do the same activities."

Jihae Choi, from South Korea, Kings Wisconsin — Fox Cities:

“Although many people say that gender equality has decreased a lot, but there's literally no countries that there's no sexism or sexual discrimination. Gender equality is the right that everyone should be treated equally, not based on their sex. In other words, we have no right to judge others or take back opportunities based on the sex. And I believe that to be aware of and ensure of gender equality is the first thing that we have to pursue.”

Chia-Ying, Yang, from Taiwan, Kings Boston:

"Equality means that women should have the same rights and opportunities in the working environment."

Molly (Yun Hsuan Wu), from Taiwan, Kings Los Angeles:

"As a woman I want to be treated equal and sometimes we can also do better than men."

Bianca Salmeron, from Brazil, Kings Boston:

"I believe everyone should have the same rights and obligations, and women should be respected the same way as men are."

Nilay Gizem Tokatli, from Turkey, Kings New York:

"After eliminating obstacles in equality of social mobility, when women have the right to equal participation in all times and areas of the social structure as men... And the results of their actions in both groups are the same. Thus, regardless of the definition of equality defined by law, equality protects itself in the daily struggle."