Hundreds of women and men from across South Cheshire flocked to the fourth annual Crewe Women’s Day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
Hosted by Motherwell Cheshire and Cheshire Against Abuse, a packed schedule of interactive workshops, demonstrations and talks geared towards the 2018 theme of ‘Press for Progress’ took place at Cheshire College West and South – and sponsored by Crewe Town Council.
Laura Smith, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, opened the event by looking back at her journey into politics and the struggles women face.
She said: “This year marks the 100th anniversary of the act of parliament that allowed some women the vote.
“Since then we have seen some remarkable progress in terms of equality for women and we have much to celebrate.
”It is important to recognised that we have much further to go. As a mother, I want my daughter to grow up safe from discrimination, harassment, misogony and violence.
“As an MP, I want to make a lasting difference in society to women and girls in Crewe and Nantwich, across the UK and beyond.
“We need to build on past achievements and push for full equality for women.”
A series of inspirational speakers held sessions in break-out rooms throughout the day, speaking on the psychology of domestic abuse, goal-setting and coaching skills for parents.
Children were encouraged to participate in ‘programme a robot’ sessions delivered by the Barclays technology team, as well as a Lego work shop and face painting.
Entertainment from Majenta Dancers and five-piece female group, AJAH UK, was received well, as was a series of indoor street stalls from local health and wellbeing and community groups offering support and advice.
The Cat Community Radio Station team compared the event, linking live during the day.
Dame Pat Bacon, chair of governors at Cheshire College South and West, closed the event by sharing stories about her career in education and the role of further education in closing the gender gap.
She said: “It’s been a real privilege to be here today. It has been a fantastic programme and I hope everybody who has been here has the same positive vibes.
“International Women’s Day is a really important day in the calendar and a real opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements.
“We have seen a lot of that today with some tremendous women leading the way with the work that they are doing.
“Whatever your hopes and dreams, whatever your ambitions, I hope that today has given more focus to that. The idea about ‘together we are stronger’ is a really important message.”
Motherwell Cheshire CEO Kate Blakemore, added: “I am so proud to host an event like this for the forth year running, in Crewe.
“It attracts charities and organisations from across South Cheshire to be involved with such a worthwhile cause and message.
“It was wonderful to hear comments from all of those who attended, about how inspired they had been from the many members of the local community.”