International Women’s Day to be celebrated in Thurrock

THURROCK Council is backing International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March with a packed agenda for everybody to get involved with.

The theme of the day is Pledge For Parity.

Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement and while there is lots to celebrate, progress towards gender equality has slowed in many areas around the world.

The day kicks off from 10am till 4pm with an exhibition in the council civic offices, remembering women of the First World War and their contributions during 1914 to 1918.

Between 1pm and 4pm, you’re welcome to pop into the recently refurbished – Old Courthouse – in Grays. The council is running a free – pop up – tea and coffee shop with cake to beauty stalls run by local business women.

A free African dance class, starting at 3pm, is open to all at The Old Courthouse, located at the top of Grays High street.

Dr Rebecca Johnson, member of Women in Black, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and servicing member of the World Court of Women in Bangalore, India in 2015, will speak on the theme of the day in the Council Chamber, from 1.30pm until 2pm.

Nisha Zala, award winning coach, author and successful entrepreneur will share her story of strength, survival and resilience with other guest speakers in the Chamber from 2pm until 3pm.

To round off the busy day, a special free screening of the 2015 film – Suffragette will take place at South Essex College in Grays from 6:30pm, hosted by South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre and Thurrock Community Safety Partnership. Places are limited for the viewing so it is encouraged to book tickets in advance by e-mailing Karen@sericc.org.uk

For full information and timings of events, visit thurrock.gov.uk/IWD

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