International Women's Day 2010

Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion – International Women’s Day 2010 in Bristol

Posted in 2010 03 06, South West by womeninlondon on 19 February 2010

Women across Bristol are invited to join in on a day of fun, storytelling, and building a better future for all women in Bristol next month.

A free celebration marking International Women’s Day 2010 is being staged in Bristol by Bristol Women’s Forum and Bristol City Council’s Equalities and Community Cohesion Team.

The theme of this year’s event, which has been organised in conjunction with a number of community groups such as Single Parent Action Network; Bangladesh Association Youths Service; Silai for Skills and Bristol Feminist Network, as well as individual women, is ‘Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion’.

Bristol is proud to celebrate this international event as it commemorates a struggle for equality by women textile workers in New York in the 19th Century. It is the story of ordinary women as makers of history.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Barbara Janke, said: “International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate the contribution of women to society from all walks of life and the challenges they have often had to overcome in order to make their voice heard.

“As part of the celebrations we will be working with a number of community groups on the free programme of events which will offer activities to suit a range of tastes.

“And, this year, we will also be staging the 11th ‘Women Who Make a Difference Awards’ to recognise individual contributions and we are looking forward to receiving your nominations.”

“When I was first Leader of the Council in 2003, there was not a single woman on the senior management team. Now there are three and we have had three women leaders since 2002.”

The official date for the celebration is on Monday, March 8, but a full day of events has been organised by the Bristol Women’s Forum and Bristol City Council’s Equalities and Communities Cohesion team at the Council House, College Green on Saturday, March 6 to give more women a chance to attend.

The fun starts at 10am and workshops will be run throughout the day until 4pm. There will be a wide range of activities including playback theatre; storytelling; dance; discussion groups; an exhibition from local Bristol artists; information stalls, or why not just relax over a cuppa with other women from across Bristol? A free drop-in creche is available (NB. this will need to be booked in advance).

If you or your organisation has any ideas or suggestions for the celebration, or would like to book a place for a stall on the day, please do not hesitate to contact the Equalities Team, details of which are at the bottom of the page.

Women Who Make a Difference Awards 2010

The Women Who Make a Difference Awards is held in recognition of the invaluable contributions women are making to improving and sustaining the communities in which they live and work.

If there is a woman in your community (she could be your partner, mother, sister, daughter, friend, neighbour or colleague) who has inspired you or been a role model – who has made a difference in your life – please put her name forward. For more information regarding the nomination criteria please contact Fiona Watson.

For more information please contact: Shagufta Kasour on 0117 922 2358, or Fiona Watson on 0117 922 2329 or 922 22658, at the Equalities and Community Cohesion Team, Room U16, Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR.

Fax: 0117 922 2392
Textphone: 0117 922 2661


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