Fourth Women’s Empowerment Month takes place in March
The fourth annual Women’s Empowerment Month takes place this March, as part of a range of exciting events planned during the centenary year since women won voting rights.
A packed programme of events is scheduled including free and paid-for spectacles such as dance classes, workshops, and afternoon tea – there’s even the chance to get involved in writing the borough’s official women’s anthem.
The month-long festivities are part of HerStory, a year-long celebration from Barking and Dagenham Council that shines a light on the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women past and present.
It marks 100 years since the 1918 Representation of People Act, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote.
Women in our borough have achieved so much
Councillor Sade Bright, Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion, said: “Women in our borough have achieved, and continue to achieve, so much that it is only right we celebrate their inspirational stories and incredible feats.
“This year is the 100-year anniversary of women getting the vote in parliament, so it helps shine even more importantly how far we have come.”
An invite-only event at Barking Town Hall, which will take place on International Women’s Day on Thursday, 8 March, will launch the month and open nominations for the 2018 Women’s Empowerment Awards.
Now in their fourth year, the awards celebrate Barking and Dagenham’s inspirational women and their achievements in the borough with the ceremony taking place in November.Visit the Women's Empowerment Month page for more information