An International Women's Day event was organised by My Sisters' House Women's Centre on Wednesday 8th March 11am-7pm at The Regis Centre in Bognor Regis.
To start the day, MSH invited women to join in an International Circle at 11am outside The Regis Centre to celebrate diversity and Sisterhood. Whilst this free event started at 11am, it was officially opened at 12oon by Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council. The first 100 women through the door received a free goody bag. The first 20 (accompanied) children through the door from 4pm received a small gift.
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Annabell Alexander, Chair of My Sisters' House CIC, was keen to continue the tradition of an International Women's Day event in the Arun area, having been Secretary and Co-ordinator of Sussex International Women's Day Group for many years. The task of the Bognor Regis event was handed over to My Sisters' House Women's Centre in 2015, the year they opened their first drop-in in London Road. Annabell says; “We have an amazing line up of inspirational speakers starting with Louise Goldsmith, and including a talk from Julie Budge, who is the CEO and Founder of My Sisters' House CIC. There will be an opportunity to find out what our Women's Centre offers, along with information stands from many other organisations. Refreshments available, £500 worth of tombola and raffle prizes, and lots to do.”
The first officially recognised International Women's Day was in 1911. It is a day to celebrate the past achievements of women, to enjoy a day of Sisterhood and encourage an awareness of the issues yet to be resolved and to plan a way forward. On that basis, MSH have decided the theme of their event this year is 'Combined Solutions; for the combined burden of violence, abuse and poverty in the lives of women.' The combined solution being from both mixed gender and inter-agency. This year sees an unusual step forward for IWD in this area, as most of the event will be open to men as well, with some women only spaces where women can enjoy some meditation, holistic therapies and pampering.
More information about this free event can be found www.mysistershouse.info/iwd or by phoning 01243 697800