Story: Clarete Zvoushe
International Women’s Day is celebrated in March to recognise the critical role and contribution that women make, not just in the family but in the community. It helps empower women and achieve a better society.
The event at Verdon Recreation Centre was organised by Burngreave Women’s Health Network suported by Maan (Somali Mental Health), Community Mental Health development worker.
Lots of women attended; it really had a party feel. There was music, pampering, health food, lots of fruits, exercise sessions and stalls giving advice about jobs, drugs, housing and health trainers. Muna Abdi wrote a poem especially for the day.
Chetna Patel, one of the ladies who helped to organise this event, said:
“This day is important because lots of women from diverse communities come together. It’s a way of reducing social isolation. It gives women an opportunity to meet others and learn about different cultures.”
Fathima Khan had a handmade cards stall. She said,
“I come every year because my friend Fatima Musa used to organise this event and many women from different backgrounds meet and celebrate. This is a nice atmosphere. It’s nice to be with other mums, you don’t feel alone.”
Stella from North Trent Cancer Network was raising awareness of breast cancer and specifically targeting women over 70. She said she can be called at 226 3410 to give talks.
Annesa Ali from Burngreave Children Centre said:
“It’s been a good way of meeting parents and we have managed to register 7 new families, a very good number. It’s good because I have also made contact with people from other organisations that are here today and I will be working with them in future.”
Ladies who attended the event felt the Zumba class was uplifting, energetic and excellent. Sarah said, “I have been to 3 events at Verdon and this is the best one because of the Zumba and a wonderful party atmosphere. I am also pleased that Jackie Drayton and Chris McNield from NHS Sheffield were here and they shared their experiences.