Event held in Blyth to mark International Women’s Day

An event held at Blyths Buffalo Community Centre to mark International Womens Day.
An event held at Blyths Buffalo Community Centre to mark International Womens Day.
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Almost 80 people turned out for an event at Blyth’s Buffalo Community Centre to mark International Women’s Day.

The day also saw the launch of a Blyth branch of Newcastle’s Bam! Sistahood! Project.

The project, co-ordinated by the Angelou Centre in Arthur’s Hill, is an inter-generational initiative exploring the cultural, social and political heritage of four generations of black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee women in the north east.

Since September, the women taking part in the project in Blyth have been learning the skills they need to showcase their heritage to to best effect.

Alongside a display of examples of the women’s work so far were information stalls for various organisations.

Among the organisations represented were the police, county council, Northumbria National Health Service Trust, Northumberland Community Voluntary Action, Homes for Northumberland, Blyth Resource and Initiative Centre and Blyth Star Enterprise.

Workshops on art and violence against women and girls were also held.

About two-thirds of the 78 people present were women from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Mexico, Turkey, Kazakhstan and the Philippines, and the other third were representatives of various organisations.

Blyth mayor Margaret Parker and county council deputy chief executive officer Daljit Lally also attended the event.

“The overall feedback from the women and professionals alike was that they enjoyed the event and are looking forward to working together in the future,” said centre manager Eileen Cartie.