Women, men and children from across the world came together to celebrate International Women’s Day at an event hosted by Asha.
The women enjoyed relaxation workshops, yoga, hand massages and henna hand-painting, while children decorated a plant-pot, designed a kite and drew pictures of inspirational women in their lives at the RVS in Hanley.
Guest speaker Toyin Higgs, the Football Association’s City Partnership Development Officer for UEFA Women’s Euro 2021, spoke how women in sport were helping to fly the flag for equality, and how she herself, as first generation British, knew the importance of working for a more equal society.
Stoke Central MP Jo Gideon spent two hours at the event talking with people and getting to know about the experiences of asylum seekers and what they would like to see changed for the better. She said her case workers could come to Asha to help people with their concerns.
The Asha team of drummers got the music and dancing started and played a mix of African and Afghan tunes which had everyone on their feet. Rebecca and Kate from B’Arts provided the children’s activities and Amanda and Morgan from Fenton Environmental Community Cluster asked people to write an inspirational word on material hearts which will then be embroidered and made into a quilt.
Jackie Gregory, Asha’s women’s wellbeing worker, said: “Our city is now home for many women who have made journeys of a lifetime, who are resilient and talented, making friends and contributing to the community. We thought International Women’s Day was an ideal day to celebrate this and thank all the Asha volunteers who helped to make it a memorable day, and thank everyone for coming and taking part.”
International Women’s Day is officially held on March 8 each year. It’s a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also making a call to action to accelerate gender equality.