Invite to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Events in celebration of International Women’s Day will take place throughout March.

In collaboration with community groups, individuals and local organisations, we have lined up a range of online and live events for residents to take part in.

They include a ‘Telling it like it’s lived’ evening to be held on 3 March at Dewsbury Library. People can pre-book a slot on the open mic for the chance to share true stories of their experiences with listeners. Other events include sash making, poetry and a picnic walk.

Throughout March the council is also asking people to share how they support this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, using the hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

Councillor Carole Pattison, Cabinet Member for Learning, Aspiration and Communities said:

“International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women across the globe and all their achievements. I’m excited to see events are happening across Kirklees throughout March. Each is an opportunity to share personal stories or experiences and propel our passion to achieve gender equality.

We’re fortunate here in Kirklees to have so many diverse and inspirational women in varied roles across our businesses and communities who help raise the bar for local women to aspire to. Not to mention our fair share of local lasses who’ve made it big; from Baronesses Betty Boothroyd and Sayeeda Warsi to Jodie Whittaker and Nina Hossain.

But whilst we celebrate the day, it’s important to recognise this is no time to stop. There are many challenges still to overcome. In fact, this year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, is especially relevant, because I believe that it can only be achieved with true commitment from each and every one of us, working together for a better future.”

When is International Women’s Day?

International Women’s Day itself takes place on 8 March and is a global celebration of the achievements of women, as well as helping to raise awareness against bias and promoting action for equality.

For a full list of events visit the International women’s day events guide

Additional events:

Come and join Kirklees’ Mental Health Working Together Better Partnership for an exciting day of celebrating local women’s stories and creative works. There will be live talks based on lived experience and an Art Exhibition showcasing creative writing, artistic pieces and poetry that help break the bias. This event is free and open to everyone.

There will be live talks based on lived experience and an Art Exhibition showcasing creative writing, artistic pieces and poetry that help break the bias.

• Food and Refreshments available
• Art Workshop delivered by Hoot Creative Arts
• Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
• Selfcare workshop delivered by Support 2 Recovery

Monday 7 March 2022, 11am – 4pm.
Connect Housing, 21 Bond Street, Dewsbury, WF13 1AX

Please contact CLEAR on 01924 465054 for more details or email Hannah.cochrane@commslinks.co.uk

Diamond Wood Community Academy are marking the day with their children, parents and guardians by organising activities and stalls for all to enjoy. Oak Primary School will be marking International Women’s Day with an International Market and celebrating the school’s communities.

Girlguiding, Ramsden Division, are celebrating International Women’s Day with several Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units holding an evening of games, arts and crafts based on the theme #BreakTheBias. On completing these activities, the girls will receive the Girlguiding IWD badge.

Girlguiding across the Huddersfield area has spaces for Rainbows (5-7 years), Brownies (7-10 years), Guides (10-14 years) and Rangers (14-18 years). For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please visit the Girlsguiding website.