#Gender Rights and Issues
United Kingdom

Cherry Hopton has been suspended from her post at Angus College for rightly objecting to an event planned at the college to 'commemorate' International Women's Day. The college decided to celebrate IWD by giving all the women a red rose by a 'man in a grey suit' because, as the posters initially stated, 'all women love a bit of romance.'

We, the undersigned, write in support of EIS-FELA member Cherry Hopton, who has been suspended, somewhat incredibly, for rightly objecting to the event planned at Angus College to commemorate International Women's Day.

Institutes of education are responsible for challenging any discrimination, including sexism. Not only is the decision to suspend Cherry Hopton unfounded and unjustifiable, but the proposed event is ironic. The purpose of International Women’s Day is to celebrate, educate, inform and inspire new generations to challenge injustices related to gender. Steve Taylor’s actions undermine this day completely, revealing institutionalised sexism that promotes inequality.

The promotion of gender inequality through archaic practices that reinforce, rather than challenge, sexual stereotypes, is not acceptable on any day, but especially not on International Women’s Day, a global, political and feminist event.

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The Reinstate Cherry Hopton petition to john.burt@angus.ac.uk was written by Jessica and is in the category Gender Rights and Issues at GoPetition.