Story and photos: Camille Daughma
Verdon Street Centre was a hub of activity on March 8th 2007. Women came out in their numbers to celebrate International Women’s Day.
The days focus was: Ending Impunity for Violence against Women and Girls, an area that still doesn’t receive the attention or resources it deserves.
As I approached the venue I sensed a buzz. People were laughing, talking and helping each other. Balloons decorated the entrance, giving it a welcoming feel. On entering the building itself, I was shocked to see how packed it was. There was music, people talking and local organisations with information stalls. I could hardly find space to walk.
The room next door was occupied with women shaking their booty, young and old alike, jigging to Little Richie’s “Hey Judy Bam Ba Do Bam” and an Elvis selection.
In another corner women were being pampered. Massages were being given; henna was a popular treat and nail and hair care gave that extra bit of feel-good sensation. As the women received their treatment you could see how relaxed they were, almost asleep possibly!
The women were enjoying their healthy, colourful food and it felt like a community united. There were smiles on faces and everyone seemed to be having a good time.