5 Facts You Need to Know about International Womens Day 2018

Before I even begin, a very happy International Womens’ Day to all the beautiful women out there from the BDC Works community. Since today is such an important and progressive day, we thought we would bring you five facts (with a bit of history) that you need to know about #IWD18.

  1. Why do we celebrate it?

The day is largely aimed at inspiring, motivating, recognising and celebrating the achievements of women across the world. However, the origin and purpose of the day is to create awareness and motivation around the movements of creating gender parity, campaigning for women’s equality and creating a fair and equal nation.

  1. What is the theme of 2018?

This years theme is #pressforprogress. Although we know that gender parity won’t happen over night, women all over the world are making positive changes every single day. The idea of this theme is that we can’t give up on this movement and therefore now, more than ever, there is a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. As the website says: ‘There is a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive’.

  1. When did it all begin?

The first observance of a Women’s Day was actually held on February 28, 1909 in New York (over 100 years ago)! It first emerged from the activities of labour movements in North America and across Europe. Since then, it has become more and more recognised and has (obviously) become an international celebration worldwide. Some countries even make it a public holiday – amazing right?

  1. In 1910, a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the Womens Office for the Social Democratic Party In Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women’s Day. She suggested that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day to create awareness and motivate a movement. (Go Clara!).
  1. In 1917, the day was declared a national holiday in the Soviet Union and was celebrated mostly by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted by the United Nations in 1977. For a more detailed chronological timeline of how it all began, click here to read all about it on the United Nations website.

So, there you have it ladies (and gents), a brief fact sheet on #IWD. Join us tonight for our very own celebration for #InternationalWomensDay2018 at BDC Works inside the Business Design Centre. Three incredible and inspirational women speakers, lovely stalls and of course, free bubbles.

To find out more or buy tickets, click here.

Fun fact: The two highest IQ scores ever recorded in the world were both women (wooh!).

Happy Women’s Day ladies. 

Member Mondays: Jay Diamond

With our International Womens’ Day event coming up THIS THURSDAY! We thought it would be great to interview the lady we have collaborated with for the evening, Jay Diamond. Jay has not only helped us put the evening together but is one of our three inspirational speakers! She is also a member of the BDC Works family and so we thought we would find out more about what it is she does while she is working here. Jay is such an interesting lady and we love having her energy in our space and can’t wait to hear from her on Thursday night!

What are you working on while you are here at BDCWorks?

As a result of working me, my clients get juicer relationships and a more orgasmic life and soul level success! I spend my time at BDC Works to work on my upcoming women’s retreat in Portugal, the promotion and design for my Aphrodite Yoga classes, to plan my workshops and talks and build the back end of my online course. Basically everything that isn’t my one to one healing work with clients; and there is a lot of that.

How did you get into this field of work? Give us a brief history of your journey to where you are now.

I started practicing Reiki when I was 18. I kept it as a sideline for many years, taking the occasional training along the way to reduce my own stress levels and help others. About 3.5 years ago I was awarded business development support from Ogunte, who help women have an impact in the community. I decided to take the bull by the horns and move my healing work as my main focus rather than a sideline, I also qualified as a yoga teacher.

Why did you decide to join a coworking space?

People think working from home is great. That’s because they don’t do it everyday. It gets boring, tiring and a bit lonely. There is something really valuable about getting up and getting out of the house to work, having a few work friends to have a laugh with and bounce ideas off. I found I was working all the time because there was no separation between work and home. I needed to change that, so I joined a coworking space – and I love it.

What is your favourite thing about being in this coworking space?/What is your favourite story/memory/experience of being in BDCWorks?

Everyone is really friendly and doing interesting things. The staff that run it are great and really make an effort to create a fun and harmonious place to work. I’m co-creating an event at BDC Works for International Women’s day with the fabulous Katie Purchase and it’s been so much fun!

What is something you are extremely passionate about?

Helping people live the best possible version of themselves, and seeing them break the chains of the past to create a better future. Lights me up.

One quote that you try and live by on a daily basis?

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.

I think just after reading this, we are so excited to hear more from her when she speaks on Thursday and we hope you are excited too!

For more information or to buy tickets for our International Womens’ Day Event this coming Thursday 8 March, click here. A night of bubbles, stalls and inspirational speakers.

To find out more about Jay and the work that she does, have a look at her social networking profiles: