Derry celebrates our 101st International Women’s Day

Women from across the Triax community and voluntary sector in Derry pictured at Free Derry Corner on Friday past as they launched their mural highlighting the 101st International Women's Day. (60312JC1 - photo courtesy of Charlie McMenamin)

Women from across the Triax community and voluntary sector in Derry pictured at Free Derry Corner on Friday past as they launched their mural highlighting the 101st International Women's Day. (60312JC1 - photo courtesy of Charlie McMenamin)

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In celebration of the 101st International Women’s Day this coming Thursday, March 8, women from across the Triax community and voluntary sector in Derry have come together to create a fantastic programme of events.

The diverse range of events taking place all week across the Triax area will address current concerns, international issues and celebrating achievements, while other planned events are purely for fun.

At 12pm today, Tuesday, a Neighbourhood Assist information session entitled ‘Your Budget, Your Cuts’ will take place at the Old Clinic on Fanad Drive, Creggan, examining Child Benefit, Tax Credits and housing benefit cuts. Book an appointment to see an advisor if you need one. A child friendly area makes it more accessible for families. For further information on this event, please call Maureen on: 71. 269327.

Derry’s Pink Ladies will be reading from their inspirational poetry book in Café Soul in Shipquay Place this evening, Tuesday, March 6, from 7pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will see sponsored walk ‘Walk in Her Shoes’ take place at 10am from Foyle Valley Railway Museum in support of Care International. For further information on sponsor sheets, please contact Surestart Edenballymore on: 71. 371670.

Young women can speak their minds at the ‘Heroines’ conference taking place in the Tower Hotel tomorrow evening, Wednesday, from 5.30pm until 9pm.

The event will also showcase some great young, local talent. For further information or to book places please contact Elaine at Youth First on: 71. 269327 or Shauna at CNP on: 71. 281900.

On Thursday, the 101st International Women’s Day, the Old Library Trust in Creggan will host ‘Dare to Dream’ - a workshop for young women (under 25) focusing on creating a vision for the future and look at how to turn those dreams into reality.

This event takes place from 1pm-3.30pm and limited childcare places are available. To book a place phone: 71. 371670.

At 7.30pm on Thursday evening, a Candle Lit Vigil will take place at Free Derry Corner in support of Marian Price and in solidarity with women around the world who have been wrongly imprisoned. All welcome.

This Friday, March 9, the Gasyard centre will host a Dichroic Glass Workshop with artist Sarah Greavu from 10am until 1pm, where local women can learn to make their own beautiful glass jewellery. Cost per person £10. To book your place, contact Ami on: 71. 262812.

An Art Therapy Workshop will take place from 2pm-4pm at the Gasyard centre this coming Saturday, March 10, specifically aimed at any woman who has been affected by the death of a baby. Sands charity will be there and can offer support when a baby dies during pregnancy or after birth. To book contact Fiona on: 71. 262812.

Saturday evening will see a remake of the classic TV show Room 101 in which local women will take to the stage and debate their pet hates! For more information, contact Ami on: 71. 262812.

More fun is in store for Sunday afternoon from 1pm-5pm when a Sponsored Zumbathon will be held at the Gasyard.

Roisin Barton, local activist and volunteer, said: “International Women’s Day is so important, as it gives us the opportunity to highlight current issues for women locally and globally but also to celebrate the achievements of women and showcase our skills and talents and the wonderful contributions we make to the world.

“The whole process of organising has been a real collaboration of local women who have been enthusiastic and driven and I am looking forward to seeing our efforts come to life.”

For further information on any of these International Women’s Day events and for booking and tickets, please contact Catherine Pollock (Triax Neighbourhood Management Team) on: 71. 261916 or by emailing: catherine.bbi@hotmail.co.uk