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25/02/2013 - Come and celebrate International Women’s Day in Luton

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The Mayoress of Luton, Rose Knight, invites you to an International Women’s Day (IWD) event on Friday 8 March, 6pm – 8.15pm at the Town Hall.

Rose Knight said: “Every year on International Women’s Day, countries around the world are celebrating women’s achievements. It’s a great opportunity to look at how far we have come, from women securing the right to vote to females now being accepted in what were male dominated roles.”
This free event will feature guest speakers including Councillor Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council, Dr Nazia Khanum OBE from Equality in Diversity, Nikki Bradshaw, Human Resources Director, BBA Aviation, Barbara Gill, Director, Mount Vernon Cancer Trust and Morcea Walker MBE acting as MC.
Guests will also have the opportunity to try crystal healing, reiki, and colour therapy and observe students carrying out hair and beauty demonstrations. There will also be a variety of local women’s organisations information stands including Women’s Aid in Luton, Steppingstones, Luton All Women’s Centre and Nine Red. Light refreshments will also be served.
Rose added: “I hope as many women as possible from around Luton take this chance to join in our local celebrations. Women have more opportunities now than they have ever had and that is thanks to the actions of many who have in the past worked tirelessly and also continue today to tackle gender inequalities. It’s going to be very informative and also lots of fun!”
Donations to the Mayor’s nominated charities - Mary Seacole, Mercy Worldwide, Age Concern and the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID) are welcome.
Women organisations throughout Luton have also joined together to present a week of events celebrating women from Monday 4 March to Saturday 9 March. Events include:
Monday 4 March, Oxfam get together, 11am – 3pm at Luton All Women’s Centre, The Spires, Suite 2, Adelaide Street, Luton LU1 5BB featuring pamper sessions, clothes swap, arts and crafts and much more. For further details contact 01582 416783
Tuesday 5 March, Money Matters, 1pm- 4pm, Luton All Women’s Centre, The Spires, Suite 2, Adelaide Street, Luton LU1 5BB. Find out how changes in benefits may affect you and also introducing Luton’s new food bank and careers advice. For more information contact 01582 416783.
Thursday 7 March, Precious pearls, 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Bury Park Community Centre, 161 Dunstable Road, Luton LU1 1BW. A women’s only event celebrating women across faiths and cultures. For more details contact Ghar se Ghar or Grassroots by 4 March on 01582 416946 or email
Saturday 9 March, African/Caribbean History Empowers and Develops presents: International women’s day gathering, 12pm – 6pm, UKCCA, 3 St Marys Road , Luton LU1 3JA, featuring cuisine from around the world, international entertainment, business exhibitors and cultural stalls. For more details email
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