The first Town Council Celebration of International Women’s Day took place on Saturday 9th March in the Town Council Chamber at Maison Dieu House. Those marking the achievements of women were urged not just to celebrate but to recognise the fight is not over and that there are women and young girls in every country on Earth being denied the right to quality of life, a voice and a future. Everyone there was asked to take that thought with them and find ways to be a further instrument of change for the better in the future.
Dawn Madison from local Arts Charity Dover smART and Paula Elliott, Director of Dover Pitman’s Training spoke about women’s achievements in their sector. Both Dawn and Paula, who celebrates 20 years running her business this year, drew on their years of experience to make some serious points about how far women have come towards equal opportunities and how far there is yet to go. The evening ended with singing led by a ladies choir together with mocktails and refreshments.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
This year the theme is #BalanceforBetter – the world will be a better place if women and men can both make full contributions to community life.
Proceeds of the raffle and donations on the night will benefit the Mayor’s Charities, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Dover Outreach Centre.