Story by Amy Palmer | Photos by Amy Palmer, Cherifa Zaida and Julie Turnbull
On 8th March women from across Burngreave came together at Verdon Recreation Centre to celebrate International Women’s
Day. The theme this year was ‘Be bold for change’ and across the world people have been encouraged to identify something they can do to promote the advancement of women’s rights.
Women attending enjoyed a hot, Asian meal with cake for pudding and took part in activities such as Zumba and pampering. Stalls from local charities made the event a learning experience and many had activities: at the Messenger stall we encouraged people to make their ‘Be bold for change’ pledges, Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind challenged ladies to plant sunflower seeds blindfolded, SOAR had their popular smoothie making demonstrations, and the children enjoyed having their faces painted and chasing balloons.
The Lord Mayor Denise Fox attended and thanked organisers Naomi Hinch from the Council and Somshun Nessa from SOAR. In total over 250 ladies attended so thanks are also in order for the women who cooked all the food!
The Aspiring Communities Together will also be celebrating International Women’s Day alongside Healthy Living Centre’s anniversary on 22nd March between 10am and 3.30pm.