Will this year's Women's Day be as controversial as the last?
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International Women’s Day is an annual event which takes place on 8th March to celebrate women’s economic, social and political achievements. Governments, organisations and women’s groups throughout the world choose their own unique theme, which can reflect global or local female concerns. This year, the Women’s Day theme at the University of Southampton is Strong Body, Strong Mind, Strong Women. The theme was chosen by the University’s Women’s Officer, Emily Eldridge, who calls it a ‘fantastic theme’. She said: ‘The theme Strong body, Strong mind, Strong women sums up my views of the modern women and is an important message to send to female students to be healthy, whilst confidently meet challenges in their future careers and be proud of who they are.’ Plans for the event, which will take place on the University’s main campus, are still underway, but will include stalls, fitness activities and a debate. There will be a marathon run on treadmills as part of the AU President’s ‘Fit and Fabulous’ campaign, which aims to get more women into sport. There will also be a stall on human trafficking and a debate with one house arguing a case along of the lines of ‘this house believes that female strippers are sexually liberating’.
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