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Ladies Leading the way for International Women's Day

16 March 2018

It was all about the ladies on Thursday (8 March) as Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s latest Leading Ladies event took place at Mossley Mill.

Celebrating International Women’s Day, women from countries such as Romania, Somalia, Japan, China, Italy, Malaysia and India, came together with local ladies to enjoy the next event in Council’s Leading Ladies programme. Now living in Northern Ireland, these international women shared their personal stories of how they had come to live here. Seeking new careers, staying for love and fleeing from war and persecution from corrupt political regimes were just some of the reasons why these women found themselves in a strange city, leaving their friends and family behind.

Councillor Annemarie Logue provided a warm welcome to all those attending the event and reminded them of the theme for the year which was to ‘Press for Progress’.  Speaking about the event Councillor Logue said “I found the event an uplifting experience. Despite your struggles, your warmth, kindness and humanity shine through.  It reminds me that behind every face is a unique story, often one of challenge but of triumph too”. 

The women who attended the event are all members of Belfast Friendship Club which provides a space for people from all over the world as well as local residents to get together in a relaxed environment, make new friends and support one another. 

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually all over the world on March 8 and provides an opportunity to celebrate the social, cultural, political and economic achievement of women, as well as the continuing struggle for equality across the world.

The ‘Leading Ladies’ programme forms part of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council’s Good Relations activities which receives financial support from The Executive Office.  For further information on these programmes contact the Good Relations team on T. 028 9034 0000 or visit www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/events