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! http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/bangor/2011/07/06/hitsory-of-the-normal-college-bnagor-told-through-its-students-eyes-91466-29001425/
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 – https://sigbi.org/poole/teardrop-campaign-how-you-can-help/
In addition the Women’s Equality Network Wales was promoted http://wenwales.org/– 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