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International Women’s Day Celebration

Recently, we had International Women’s Day celebration where we were delighted to welcome guests from SI Stockton, and, also, some of the wonderful women who had featured in Jan Hunter’s series in the Darlington and Stockton Times (D&S T). Our speaker, Hannah Chapman, is the first female Editor of D&S T and gave an interesting insight into the challenges of the role. Jenny Medhurst, a Fairtrade campaigner, brought a stall so that we could buy Fairtrade products and generate some urgently needed income for farmers (many of them women) whose livelihoods are affected by the fall in sales due to the pandemic and the threat of climate change. Jenny told us some stories from those communities – some concerning, others heart-warming.

We are thankful to our speakers and all our guests for gracing us with their presence on the evening.