International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day – #BalanceforBetter

March 8th is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity – this years theme #BalanceforBetter

No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continue’s to grow from strength to strength.

Soroptimist Llandudno walking for International Women's Day
Soroptimist Ellesmere Port Event
Soroptimist Rhyl & District’s Gwyl Dewi Sant for IWD
Soroptimists in Flintshire Display at IWD Event
Soroptimist Bebington with Mayor at IWD Event
Soroptimist Heswall with a display at Gordale Garden Centre for IWD
Soroptimist Chester at University talking about Modern Slavery for IWD
Soroptimist Nantwich Event with Motherwell
Soroptimist Denbigh Ruthin & District for IWD supported Period Poverty
Soroptimist Rhyl IWD lunch for Cancer Research
Soroptimist Northwich Event for IWD with Motherwell
Soroptimists Llandudno with the Mayor at Cocoa House
Soroptimist Northwich IWD Event with Motherwell - handing over 50 pairs pants for homeless women
Soroptimist Chester Event at University - talking about Modern Slavery
Soroptimist Heswall at Gordale Garden Centre for IWD
Soroptimist Bebington Event for IWD supporting new project Incubabies
Soroptimist Nantwich Event with Motherwell
Soroptimist Chester IWD Event at Town Hall

Soroptimist clubs throughout the Region get involved and hold special events for International Women’s Day:

Soroptimist Nantwich & District had a display at the amazing #CreweWomensDay with Laura Smith MP organised by Motherwell. – #womensupportingwomen There was a full programme of speakers, events and workshops, including one from Soroptimist Nantwich member Marion Wade on Modern Slavery.There were lots of exhibitors  – the theme was Body Image and Sexual Consent – very important issues to tackle in the current climate. Find out more about us

Soroptimist Ellesmere Port had a great meeting to celebrate International Women’s day – each member chose an Inspirational Woman and read out their story giving the reason why they had chosen their particular woman.
They also recognised Ovarian cancer awareness month by all wearing Teal
Recognising “World book day” by bringing an inspirational book to either loan or swap.They are now looking forward to joining the local Guides on 29th March at an event to celebrate” International Women’s day”

Soroptimist Bebington attended a Coffee Morning with the Mayor and Mayoress, dressed as Suffragettes – talking to women from local group about Soroptimist International, and raising funds for  new project partners “Incubabies”.

Soroptimist Chester were with Chester Women’s Aid at their celebration for all women (and men) at Chester Town Hall Saturday 9th March. Anne MacDonald was one of the speakers and spoke about Toilet Twinning and the importance of toilets to women and girls in developing countries. On Friday Anne and Carole Rivers gave a presentation on Modern Day Slavery at the Chester University IWD Celebration – Everyday Feminism

Soroptimist Heswall & District held a 3 day manned display at Gordale Garden Centre, Wirral from Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March

Soroptimist Northwich had a stall at Winsford Women’s Day, arranged by Motherwell on 9th March where they also handed over 50 pairs of pants for homeless women in the area.

Soroptimists in Flintshire held an International Women’s Day Free event – 10am-2pm Saturday 9th March at Deeside Leisure Centre. They had speakers who discussed Fairtrade, Ovarian Cancer, Human Trafficking, Mental Health Issues and supporting local homeless people, and an excellent display Showcasing Soroptimist work

Soroptimists Rhyl & District celebrated International Women’s Day Event – Gwyl Dewi Sant for IWD. Members of SI Rhyl also attended the International Women’s Day lunch, at the Stamford Gate Hotel, Holywell.  The event was organised by the local Cancer Research committee, and the guest speaker was Rhyl member Shirley Whiteway who gave an excellent presentation on the Meru project and also the opportunity to promote Soroptimist International.  The lunch was attended by 120 ladies so a really good opportunity to raise awareness of our organisation.
Soroptimist  Llandudno Walking for International Women’s Day – It was a cold and windy day for the walk along the Promenade on Sunday 10th March but this did not deter Soroptimists – however hot drinks were certainly in demand afterwards. Wednesday March 6th was a special and proud day for Llandudno Soroptimists.The Mayor unveiled a plaque dedicated to the first branch of the Suffragists (the peaceful and law abiding part of women’s suffrage) who met at a coffee house called The Cocoa House here in central Llandudno. Our president Celia has worked hard to get the Cocoa House recognised as a significant part of women’s suffrage in Llandudno and North Wales

Soroptimist Denbigh, Ruthin & District – Period Poverty is fast becoming a major issue for women and girls, members felt that this would be one way to contribute to the well being of local families in difficult circumstances. Since many of our members already support the Foodbanks in Denbigh and Ruthin, this was seen as an appropriate channel. Members purchased and donated sanitary products which were taken to the Foodbanks, who were happy to receive them. We anticipate approximately 50 women will benefit from this donation, and we will consider how this support may be given on an on going basis as we plan our work for 2019/20