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International Women’s Day – 8th March

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Happy International Women’s Day Soroptimist International Cardiff & District celebrated the occasion at Whitchurch – Cardiff Golf Club. We had some fantastic speakers from the civil service, Companies House, HMRC, Gwent Armed Forces Covenant, Whitchurch Gold Club and our own Soroptimists. Discussions were thought provoking, inspiring and #empowering, but most of all, it was great to network with such a wonderful group of women. Thanks to all who came, to the staff at the club, to Georgia and Courtney for organising the day, and to #AldiUK for providing the cakes and biscuits! Cardiff Council Caerphilly County Borough Council SI Wales South (Soroptimist International) #internationalwomensday #bekindtooneanother #womensupportingwomen

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International Women’s Day – 8th March 2014

To commemorate IWD, coinciding with National Careers Week, a small group  attended an event at Cardiff City Football Stadium on 7th March. Organised by ‘Full Circle’ and entitled ‘Keeping It Equal’, the objective was to motivate girls and young women aged 11 to 25 to realise their potential, share their views on gender equality, and consider such careers as construction, engineering, the Fire Brigade, and the armed forces. The speakers were inspirational and the career and activity stations provided an insight into opportunities available.

International Women’s Day 8th March 2013

The photo above left features President Joan presenting taxi stickers to Nici Evans Partership Development Manager Cardiff City Council.  On the right is Dr Mwenya Chimba of BAWSO.  Funded by SI Cardiff and District, and in conjunction with BAWSO, the stickers display a freephone helpline for a taxi driver to call if he/she suspects that he/she is carrying a trafficked person in the vehicle.   It is also available of course to the victims.  The stickers (close up shot above on rhs) were presented on 7th March in readiness for for International Women’s Day, 8th March.  The South Wales Echo carried an article which can be read on line.

Also on International Women’s Day 2013, President Joan and club member Sarah Corefield (pictured below left) attended the UNA meeting at the Temple of Peace, Cardiff.  Jane Hutt AM spoke about her efforts within government as both Finance Minister and Minister for Equality.   Elin Jones w brought an 80 yr old woman with her – Sheila Parry (nee Davies)- who had been expelled from Bangor Normal college in 1953 and obliterated from the records of the college to be reinstated only in 2011!

Dr Mwenya Chimba (pictured below right) of Bawso was there to speak about the BME and a young Afghan woman related people’s reaction to the fact that she was educating herself.  Her response was that you can do anything you want to and that any empowerment has to come from within each woman.  Hear, hear we all say!

Five members attended the IWD bridge event and day of activities in Newport – organised by SI Newport with a grant from the Welsh Government. The Purple Teardrop campaign’s petition to ban sex fort sale advertisements was signed by over 60 people and will be sent to the campaign run by SI Poole –

In addition the Women’s Equality Network Wales was promoted– it is a community of organisations working to advance the rights of women in all spheres of Welsh life. It exists to create a fairer society in which women live free from sexism and gender discrimination and enjoy equality in all aspects of their daily lives. The role of WEN Wales is to facilitate communication between our members; to help them coordinate their work, work in partnership and to represent women’s interests at all levels of government. You can join as individuals or organisations by signing on through the web site. SI Wales South, SI Milford Haven and SI Cardiff are already members