More than 70 women came together in Greenwich to acknowledge the achievements of women and to celebrate International Women’s Day.
Her Centre and Greenwich Domestic Violence and Abuse Services (GDVA) hosted this event on the 10th March. The theme was the celebration of strong women and the event included a range of engaging speeches and varied workshops. One of the speakers was Eleanor Lisney, from the United Nations Consultation Group on Women and Poverty and the focus of her speech was on the impact of austerity cuts on women. This gave the women in attendance the opportunity to learn more about how broader issues impact on them specifically. Marta Ciok, of the Greenwich Users Steering Group, spoke about how women who have experienced domestic violence can attend the group and can help identify gaps in provision and influence local service quality.
The practical workshops at the event were lively and included self-defence classes, confidence building sessions, and peer support groups. There were also free pampering sessions available, with students from Shooters Hill College providing free head and hand massages to the women.
“An event like this is so important” said the Manager of GDVA Judith Banjoko, “it brings women together to better understand the situation that they live in, and empowers them to act upon it”. Stacy Smith, Her Centre Director, said “This event is aimed at encouraging local women to celebrate what we accomplish in our everyday lives, and how women volunteers give so much back to the community.”
As another International Women’s Day passes for another year it is great that women in Greenwich were given the opportunity to learn more about the challenges facing women, and the opportunities that exist to overcome these challenges.