Students inspired on Women’s Day

Each for Equal was the key message at a recent International Women’s Day event organised by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 11:21 am
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Mealla Campbell with event compere Sarah Travers, guest speakers Dr Kathy Ruddy, Vessie Ivanova, Wilma Erskine, OBE and Policy and Diversity Officer, Mary Hanna

Over 80 students and guests from a variety of organisations and schools across the borough came together to celebrate women and their achievements as well as hearing how they can play their part in driving a gender equal world.

Compered by journalist Sarah Travers, the event brought together a diverse range of guest speakers including Dr Kathy Ruddy from Trinity College Dublin, Vessie Ivanova, Musical Director and Wilma Erskine, OBE.

Collectively, the speakers stressed the importance of new experiences, using your networks, self-belief as well as working hard, while highlighting how we all have a role to play to ensure equality.

Students from Lismore Comprehensive pictured at the recent International Women’s Day event, held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre

Not just for the day, the theme Each for Equal runs for the year and stresses the point that an equal world is an enabled world. Individually, everyone is responsible for their own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

The initiative highlights that people can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each person can help create a gender equal world.

Since the inaugural event in 1911, all around the world, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality, with thousands of events taking place marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

For more information on International Women’s Day, visit www.internationalwomensday.com.

Students from Portadown College pictured at the recent International Women’s Day event, held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre
Students from Craigavon Senior High pictured at the recent International Women’s Day event, held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre
Students from Craigavon Senior High pictured at the recent International Women’s Day event, held at Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre