PROMOTING women’s rights and tackling gender equality in all its forms was top of the agenda as five days of events to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) drew to a close this week.
Shiva Serati and the Women’s Voice group put together a diverse programme of events across Hastings and St Leonards for IWD’s centenary year which attracted lots of supporters making this year’s celebration one of the biggest and best yet. From the IWD march along the seafront, through a pamper day, creative writing and dance workshops and a special seminar aimed at tackling the town’s shockingly high domestic violence rate, there was something for everyone to mark the event in a host of different ways.
The week culminated in two events held on Saturday at St Mary-in-the-Castle - during the day women’s Voice put on an open day which featured speeches, live performance and information stalls, while in the evening Jenny Edbrooke and Joanna Stephens put on a charity gala night with live music and comedy all in aid of the Womankind Worldwide charity.
Cllr Jay Kramer, deputy leader of Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and the authority’s lead member for equality was thrilled with this year’s success. She said: “This year’s International Women’s Day event showed just how much talent there is from women of all different backgrounds. I would like to pay tribute to Women’s Voice for organising such a great week of successful activities.”
And Jenny Edbrooke, one of the organisers of the gala night, added: “I have made a pledge to Hastings Voluntary Action to make Hastings a happier place for girls and women and I shall not rest until that is achieved.”