Middlesex University are offering a range of free sports activities for all female staff and students this week in celebration of International Women's Day 2017.
International Women's Day on 8 March is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
Activities on offer this week include free fitness classes and gym use as well as an International Women's Day activity fair with women's chill-out area, games and activities.
Mel Parker, Head of Sport and Recreation at Middlesex, hopes the week’s activities will encourage more women to get active.
“Sport England research shows fewer women than men play sport regularly – two million fewer 14-40 year olds in total. Despite this, 75 per cent say they want to be more active,” he says.
“International Women’s Day is fundamentally about helping women and girls achieve their ambitions; challenging conscious and unconscious bias. That’s why at Middlesex University we actively encourage female participation with a variety of ladies-only sessions.
“We aim to encourage women to beat their barriers and to prompt a change in attitudes, help boost women’s confidence and celebrate the many simple but tangible benefits of being more active.”
Middlesex supports the national This Girl Can campaign which is a celebration of active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it. Funded by The National Lottery and developed by Sport England, the campaign aims to help women overcome the fear of judgement that is stopping too many women and girls from joining in.
The University will also be celebrating International Men's Day in November 2017 where objectives include a focus on men's and boy's health, improving gender relations and promoting gender equality.
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