International Women's Day

8 March, 2013

International Women’s day in Grace House, Antrim

Cupcakes and pampering

Grace House held a successful morning for women in the Antrim area, where the theme was cupcakes and pampering.  Women who attended were asked to bring a bra for the bra bank which when full will be sent to a third world country where bras are very expensive and unaffordable for many women.  Charo Madden, a lecturer at the University of Ulster gave a talk on V Day which she attended in Belfast, and also how women should work in solidarity together; this was very much enjoyed as she is a great speaker with passion and fire in her heart for women’s issues.   A beauty therapist who did the women’s nails and a Holistic therapist who spent two hours providing de stressing neck and head massages for the women. Afterwards the women enjoyed cupcakes and coffee, with a humorous aspect – the cupcakes had iced bras on top!

International Women's Day in Newtownabbey

In Newtownabbey, Women’s Aid celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March with a coffee morning and table quiz which was enjoyed by those who attended.  Invited to speak at the event was Gemma Louise Bond, a Queens University Politics student, who shared her thoughts and experiences on women’s issues both in the past and present.

International Women's Day in Carrickfergus

Women’s Aid (ABCLN) held a celebration of women day in their Carrickfergus premises on the 8th March 2013, International Women’s Day in their continued support for women who have experienced domestic abuse in the local community.  

The day was entitled “Be Beautiful this International Women’s Day” and involved women being pampered, having makeovers and getting portraits taken by photographer, James McGrillis. Each woman was then provided with her favourite portrait of herself.

We had 15 women attend the event and they were given the opportunity to decorate canvases with positive affirmations which are to be put together to create a large “Celebration Wall” in the Carrickfergus office.

One of our volunteers Maura also led Salsa classes throughout the morning which were thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part and heated us up on a cold March morning!

Lunch was sponsored by James MacAulay solicitors while Tesco Carrickfergus also provided buns, pastries and treats including a rose for each woman before she left.

All in all, the day was a great success and enjoyed by all who attended.

After lunch, Muriel Knox, therapist attended and led a workshop for the women in the afternoon which looked at relaxation techniques and positive wellbeing. The women who took part all enjoyed her advice and techniques.

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