By Sara Picken-Brown

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It began in 1911, with a march of over 1 million people in cities all over Europe demanding that Women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. This was the start of International Womens Day.  Over the next 66 years, March 8th saw women honoured in commemoration for service to their countries as well as oppressed violently when protesting to have their voices heard and equal rights observed. In 1975 the United Nations officially began celebrating International Womens Day and in 2020 their theme is: “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”.

At Valetudo Group we strive to create an environment that reflects the global efforts of equality. We have a diverse range of multi-cultural, multi-lingual expert Coaches in a variety of disciplines. Our message is clear; through self-awareness, discipline and effort every-BODY has the opportunity to be their best, to flourish and to grow. Our female clientele enjoy the technical fitness based boxing sessions as much as they do the Barre and Yoga sessions . Gender  equality extends to the men too- they sweat and burn just as much as the women. Everyone has the opportunity to experience the challenges that develop mind-body wellbeing, through a strong community of support and fun, discipline and professionalism.

As expressed in “The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonisingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Furthermore, there is a significant threat of rollback of hard-won feminist gains. The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilise global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.” Moreover, the 2020 gender gap report states, to date, “Globally, only 55% of women (aged 15-64) are engaged in the labour market as opposed to 78% of men. There are 72 countries where women are barred from opening bank accounts or obtaining credit.”

Changing the face of equality is a multi-pronged solution.  Without changing legislation and cultural/social attitudes towards the relative amount of time women spend on unpaid domestic work and care, the burden of household and care duties will not be rebalanced, a situation that will continue to undermine women’s career opportunities. A need for changing the expectations and belief women have for themselves within society is also vital, belief they have much to contribute, not as strong men do, but as strong women do. In harmony, balance and equal to men. Box Mind sees a bright future ahead for all women. Realising equality, through supportive community’s, individual physical and mental wellbeing and organisations that value and strive to achieve the same ethos.