A series of exciting events were held at Lewisham Town Hall to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday, March 8. The 2019 campaign theme was #BalanceforBetter, raising awareness on gender equality.   

International Women’s Day is an annual event that celebrates women’s achievements – social, economic and political. It was first recognised by the United Nations in 1975, however, it has been celebrated since the early 1900’s.

Bringing together hundreds of young women from across the borough, Lewisham Council had organised an action-packed day with speeches, exhibitions and a film screening of Dolly Parton’s 1980’s classic ‘9 to 5’.

The history of women’s rights was highlighted through information stalls, and successful workshops were held throughout the day. Workshops focused on women’s empowerment, body positivity, creative writing and skills development.

Janet Daby, Labour MP for Lewisham East, highlighted the issue of period poverty in her speech. Urging the government to abolish VAT on sanitary products, she said: “Period poverty is on the rise and 1 in 10 girls are unable to afford sanitary products each month.”

Other speakers included Mayor of Lewisham Damien Egan, MPs Ellie Reeves and Vicky Foxcroft.

For more information about International Women’s Day, please visit www.internationalwomensday.com.

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