UNESCO WORLD BOOK DAY - 23rd April - IFUW & BFWG
THOUGHTS ON WORLD BOOK DAY from BFWG Vice President, Rory Haigh:
World Book Day dates back to 1995 when UNESCO set it up on St George's Day, 23rd April, marking the anniversaries of the birth/death dates of Shakespeare, Cervantes, and other famous writers. However, there has been a tradition in Catalonia since 1926 that on St George's Day - The Day of the Rose - gifts of books or roses have been exchanged. The UK and Spain are closely connected in thought here, but we have seen fit to move our World Book Day to the first Thursday in March, to avoid the established international date of 23 April as it "clashed" with St George's Day and might coincide with schools' Easter holidays. My personal view is that this is misguided, and has not raised the profile of World Book Day in the UK: we should either be part of an International / World Book Day or we have our own British Book Day. We will be sending this joint press release with IFUW ahead of World Book Day.
BFWG , Maria Miller and Equality
On Wednesday 9th April, Downing Street confirmed that Basingstoke MP Maria Miller has resigned as Culture Secretary.
The move followed a row over her expenses.
BFWG very much regrets the resignation of Maria Miller as Minister for women and equalities. She brought energy and commitment to her role as champion of women in politics and business. As a working mother she was very aware of the multiple demands made on women but encouraged them nevertheless to take up the challenges and ‘blow their own trumpet’. This was very evident when the representatives of the 6-O group of women’s organisations were invited to meet her in Round Table discussions in January 2013.
We also regret that this latest cabinet reshuffle has not addressed the gender balance in the present government. Women are still under-represented and only 3 female members in the cabinet is risible.This present position does not reflect the reality when 52% of the world population are women. Women in the UK deserve better than successive ministers for women whose role is seen as an add-on to their other responsibilities.
We welcome Ms. Morgan to the post and wish her well in her new role. We trust that as member of the Treasury team she will be well aware of the economic and financial problems women face e.g. the considerable gender pay gap for work of equal value, when they wish improve their own lives and that of their families and make a difference in public life
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Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates
IFUW is pleased to welcome Christel Moor as the new Convener for the Hegg Hoffet Fund for Displaced Women Graduates. She is a Past President of the British Federation of Women Graduates. She has attended IFUW Conferences since 1989 and has helped the Hegg Hoffet shop as well as contributing to it through her local association in Canterbury. Christel used to teach sociology in schools and colleges. IFUW wishes to thank outgoing Convener Marion Ennis for her long and dedicated service to both the Hegg Hoffet Fund and to the women who have benefited from it.