International Women’s Day 2018

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a chance to celebrate the achievements of women, and to work together for change towards gender justice and equality.This year’s UN Theme for IWD is #PressforProgress. With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo#TimesUp and more – there is a strong global momentum striving for gender parity.

And while we know that gender parity won’t happen overnight, the good news is that across the world women are making positive gains day by day. Plus, there’s indeed a very strong and growing global movement of advocacy, activism and support. At Edinburgh Tenants Federation, we salute the hard working women of the tenants’ movement in Scotland and celebrate that today (March 8th) a statue of Mary Barbour – the Glasgow campaigner for the rent strikes of 1915 and founder of tenant activism was unveiled.

To celebrate IWD,  we’re publishing the Feminist Response fae the Lassies that was written by our Development Coordinaor Clare MacGillivray, for our hugely successful Burns Supper back in January. We hope you’ll enjoy and a have a wonderful IWD 2018.

A Feminist Response fae the Lassies
Oh Rabbie, Bard,
We need you not,
To tell us o’ oor lucky lot.

You spewed yer bile aboot bein’ a lover
But us weemin folk, were no won ower.

As philanderer ye were weel kent.
Well, talk like that is noo well spent!

For we, the wummin, are wearing breeks,
Wi’ heads a high and rosy cheeks,
We’re marchin’ on society,
An’ we’re calling for equality,

We dinnae need nae Harvey Weinsteins,
Or BBCs wi dodgy pay lines,
What we need is men the gither,
To stand wi’ us through stormy weather,

To hud wir hands as partners twa,
To join wi ‘us as ane an’ a’,
To say nae mair to sexist jokes,
That mak the lassies turn an’ boak.

Lets say fareweel to power plays,
An’ gie the wummin equal pay!
Let’s drown oot a’  the dinosaurs,
That wid stop us weemin wearing drawers.

Lets shout aloud, aye #Me Tae,
You cannae tell us whit tae dae.

We want in laddies, sanity,
To stand with all humanity,
To say we’re one, we’re equal noo,
For wummin’s rights are for you too!