All women welcome to attend International Women’s Day event in Sheffield this weekend

Sheffield will celebrate International Women’s Day with a special event in the city this weekend, and ‘all women regardless of ethnicity are welcome’.

By Lisa Wong
Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Wednesday, 4th March 2020, 11:50 am

Northern Women of Colour, will be hosting Taking Action for Balance: Mastering Self, Health and Wealth, on Saturday, March 7, at Ellesmere Children’s Centre in Burngreave.

It will celebrate women’s achievements and address equality through this year’s theme, Each for Equal.

Maxine Lewis, one of the co-founders of Northern Women of Colour, said: “Together we are stronger, and it is important that community groups support and empower each other.”

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L-R: Carol Stewart, Maxine Lewis, Jacqueline Clarke of Northern Women of Colour

The event will include a selection of workshops, panel discussions and guest speakers from across the country.

The aim of the conference is ‘to equip BAME women to be at their best in their self, in their health and create wealth’.

Jacqueline Clarke, another co-founder of Northern Women of Colour, added: “There are well documented gender and racial barriers preventing BAME women from improving their socio-economic status. Our conference provides a variety of workshops and talks that will help the women overcome these barriers, such as creating wealth, starting businesses, setting goals they are much more likely to achieve, managing stress and so much more. There will also be local businesses showcasing their products and services.”

Research according to The Fawcett Society and the Women’s Budget Group, suggests that such issues need addressing in Sheffield.

And research has also found there is a gender employment gap of 9 per cent fewer women than men across Sheffield, with five in 10 BAME women in employment, compared to seven in 10 white women.

Black families are also more likely to consist of single parents compared to white families, meaning the cost of childcare is often higher.

Carol Stewart, the remaining co-founder of Northern Women of Colour, said: “If we pour into the mothers, we pour into the children, families and communities. By providing events like this that empower, teach and show the practical steps to take, women go back and implement, making positive changes in their careers, businesses and lives that better their socio-economic status.”

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