THREE of Thurrock’s leading organisations came together to mark International Women’s Day on Tuesday (8 March).
Thurrock Council, the South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre, and Thurrock Community Safety Partnership worked to organise events across a number of venues in Grays throughout the day.
The Civic Offices council chambers was packed for a presentation from Dr Rebecca Johnson a long-time feminist peace campaigner who shared the “stage” with council chief executive Lyn Carpenter; Nisha Zala, Founder of Freedom for Change; Diane Lee, a museum heritage volunteer; and Temi Fawehinmi, the council’s contract and performance manager and community champion.
Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Sue Gray, said afterwards: “It was a real privilege to listen to the stories of inspiring women from across the globe share their stories of strength, survival and resilience.
“The experiences they shared with us makes you reflect on your own life and the trials women face across the world.”
The events – including an exhibition “Remembering women of the First World War”, and a fun-filled afternoon with a free pop-up tea and coffee shop, cake and beauty stalls – were held at the Civic Offices, The Old Courthouse, and at South Essex College.
The day concluded with a showing of Suffragette at South Essex College, in front of an audience of over 200.