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International Women's Day 2019

Virgo Fidelis celebrates International Women’s Day

A breaking down barriers themed International Women’s Day at Virgo Fidelis inspired pupils to fundraise for Malala and welcome body positivity activist Grace Victory.

 The 28-year old’s vlogs cover everything from eating disorders, to mental health to body positivity because Ms Victory couldn’t see herself represented in terms of size, skin colour, hair or class, so decided to champion the rights of women in all our diversity.

 Speaking to Year 10 pupils about period poverty, she revealed the shocking statistic that six in 10 females who experience it are bullied at school, leading to low confidence as an adult as well as anxiety and depression. With ALWAYS #EndPeriodPoverty the girls discussed how their confidence plummets during puberty. Missing out on school life because of a lack of sanitary products accelerates this.

 KS3 pupils sold loom bands in the suffragette colours of purple, white and green along with sweets to raise £50 for Malala Yousafzai’s charity that promotes every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.  In 2014 Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize and is currently a student at Oxford University; a role-model for us.  

 Our school’s central hall was transformed into a women’s day celebration with flowers, decorations and cards made by KS3, whilst Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous TED Talk that urges everyone to be a feminist, played during breakfast club. Her inspirational words are quoted in Beyonce’s song ‘Flawless’. Sapphire Benjamin, Yr 8, praised the song: “It’s saying that no matter what ladies do they’re still flawless while doing it. If you’re having a bad day and you wake up feeling not in the mood, you’re still beautiful.”

Ms Cummins, Head of Year 7