The Glasgow Association of the EIS is holding two events in Glasgow City Chambers today to celebrate International Women's Day, in conjunction with Glasgow City Council.
The morning event will be attended by around 100 secondary school girls. Actor Siobhan McSweeney who appears in Derry Girls and a host of other productions will lead an interactive session speaking about her own journey into acting, the aspirations of the Suffragettes and feminism today.
Commenting, Siobhan said "I am honoured to be talking at this event. As a proud member of my own trade union, Equity, I am delighted to speak at this EIS event. To be allowed to share my story and speak to so many secondary school girls on such an important day of the year is a pleasure. IWD is a real opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our women and girls and to acknowledge the work that still needs to be done."
Ms McSweeney added, "We have come so far, but still have much to do. This work will lie in the hands of the next generation. These young girls will become our feminist heroes of the future. As a result, I am beyond excited to meet them all. Especially as they have shown so much support and delight in the topics raised in Derry Girls."
The afternoon session will also be attended by around 100 primary school girls. Entertainment will be provided by pupils from Thorntree P.S, St Constantine's P.S and Rosshall Academy.
Susan Quinn, EIS Glasgow Local Association Secretary who will open both events said, "International Women's Day has been celebrated since 1910. Now, more than ever, there's a strong call to action to progress gender parity. We hope to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive."
Ms Quinn continued, "We are welcoming pupils from across Glasgow primary schools to this special event where they will have the opportunity to talk to women from a wide range of careers, celebrate women of all ages and hopefully take time to consider how we might press for progress in our own lives. We are delighted to welcome Siobhan to share her experiences with our secondary students and look forward to lively discussion at both events."
Maureen McKenna, Executive Director for Education, Glasgow City Council said: "Girls and women across the globe need to feel empowered every day and it's quite right that we host a day to celebrate our achievements. However, we must also be conscious of the fact that in some parts of the world women's voices are still thwarted."
Ms McKenna added, "I recently took part in a Girl Guide's protest march in Malawi against girl harassment and it was amazing to join 300 female pupils with placards who are biting back against the unfairness in their society – they have found their voice and are not afraid to use it!"