Violence Against Women Partnership supports International Women’s Day

Violence Against Women Partnership supports International Women’s Day

The Scottish Borders Violence Against Women Partnership is co-ordinating a series of events across the region to support International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March.

IWD is held annually to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It has been observed since the early 1900’s – a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Events being held on the day include:
• Exhibition of ‘ScotsWummin’ celebrating women of the Scottish Borders; Borders College; 10am-4pm; free entry
• Quiz night and raffle; Oblo Bar and Bistro Eyemouth; 7.30pm; team of up to six, £2 entry per person
• Production of ‘Sylvia’, Wauchope Hall, Town Yetholm; 7.30pm; free entry, donations welcome. Tickets from Yetholm village shop or on 01573 420231.

A women’s only drumming workshop by the Samba Sisters is also taking place on Saturday 10 March, 10am-4pm at Unit Four, the Cornucopia Room, 4 Towerdykeside, Hawick TD9 9EA. The event is free – contact lgbtborders@gmail.com to book a place.

The Central Borders Citizens Advice Bureau (CBCAB) will be celebrating IWD by acknowledging the contribution made by three of their longest serving volunteers.

Jean (Galashiels), Pam (Galashiels) and Linda (Selkirk) have a combined total of 86 years of voluntary service between them. Jean has served for 36 years and recently won the Volunteer Centre Borders ‘Golden Volunteer Award 2018 in acknowledgement of her outstanding contribution. Pam has been a volunteer for 31 years while Linda has been part of the team for 19 years and together they have had a significant impact on the social and economic lives of many Central Borders residents.

Councillor Shona Haslam, Scottish Borders Council Leader and IWD supporter, said: “Every day across the Borders, women are making vitally important contributions to their communities, workplaces, families and to their own futures. IWD is an opportunity for us to take a moment to honour what each one of us is doing, no matter what that might be, or how well we might think we are doing, and remind ourselves just how far we have come. This includes the wonderful example set us by Jean, Pam and Linda who are to be thanked and commended for dedication which has made a significant impact on the social and economic lives of many citizens living in the Central Borders.

“This year is particularly significant as 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act was passed, allowing women over the age of 30 to vote. We have also seen sexual harassment and discrimination against women capturing the headlines with women from across the world speaking out against unacceptable behaviour and voicing their desire for change.

“To build on this momentum, the theme for 2018 is #pressforprogress in recognition that there is so much more we can and need to do to speak up for and support each other, particularly for those amongst us who are experiencing discrimination or abuse in their daily lives. I would encourage women from across the Borders to come along to one of the planned events if they can and join the conversation, acknowledging how far we have come but also giving us their ideas about what we still want to achieve. The organisers are also keen to hear from anyone who may have an idea for holding their own event – just get in touch to find out more.”

Susie Stein, Chair of the Violence Against Woman Partnership, added: “’Now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #pressforprogress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. IWD is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. This year, events and activities are taking place across the region and we hope that many women will be able to join us.”

For more information, email: STEPS@scotborders.gcsx.gov.uk

Date of Publication: 20th February 2018