What we did in 2021…
To mark International Women’s day last year we helped to organise a fantastic day of online activities on the 8th March. Over 100 women attended from all corners of Cumbria.
The event was developed and delivered by the new Cumbrian International Women’s Network, which currently comprises of the Cumbria Development Education Centre, Furness Multi-Cultural Community Forum & Youth Club, Carlisle One World Centre, Carlisle Refugee Action Group and Multicultural Cumbria.
The activities varied from a welcoming Coffee Morning to interactive African and Bollywood Dance Carousels and yoga classes, a Thai cookery demonstration, storytelling for children, a Singing Tree art workshop and an open mic style ‘Ladies night in’ featuring local poets and artists, and the first screening of a new short film, Connected by Cultures, to celebrate the contribution of women from around the world living in the county.
Wellness packs were sent out to participants with tea, coffee, cookies or baklava, soap, notebooks and handmade scrubs. Women also made cards for those who are more isolated or have recently arrived in the county through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.) packs that were also sent out by the organisers. Packs of cooking ingredients and art materials were sent to those taking part in the related workshops.
Between 18 and 52 women and children from over 20 different nationalities were in attendance on the 8 different Zoom sessions, which started at 10am. The sessions finished at 9pm, with an evening of poetry readings and a chance for some of the women who had attended the day to leave feedback.