WOMEN across South Tyneside came together yesterday to mark a day dedicated to all things female.
International Women’s Day was celebrated by hundreds of women who took part in events held throughout the borough.
The theme this year was Inspiring Futures and Connecting Girls, with events being held at Ocean Road Community Centre, South Shields Town Hall and the Primrose Community Centre in Jarrow.
Liz Stephenson, manager of Ocean Road Community Centre which held its celebration on Wednesday night, said: “We wanted to make our event both fun and educational, which is why we invited guest speakers to talk about themselves and their careers to hopefully inspire them to think about their own lives and their own futures.”
At the event, the Gazette’s features editor and Cookson Country columnist, Janis Blower, spoke about her career, alongside Frankie Williams, a lecturer from Sunderland University.
The night, which included a photo booth, henna, manicures and refreshments, was organised by young people who take part in the centre’s Youth Awards scheme, Sexual Health Peer Mentors.
Money raised through a raffle is to be donated to Cancer Research UK.
Yesterday, at South Shields Town Hall, women were invited to an event organised by domestic violence charity Options.
Throughout the day, visitors were able to dress in saris and take part in holistic therapies, as well as meeting new people and seek advice on a range of issues affecting women.
Options co-ordinator Julie Robinson said: “It has been an absolutely fantastic day and we have had a great turnout. We’ve been really pleased with the positive response we’ve had from people.”
At Primrose Community Centre, a hand massage, free health checks and advice from a nutritionist were on offer to visitors to the centre.
Sessions in Zumba and keep fit were also available for women to try for free.
Miss Stephenson added: “We’d like to thank the companies that helped support the event – Morrison’s, Flower Boutique, Jai Ho, Sylhet Spice, Crown of India, Harton Wellness, Da Vincies, Debenhams, Smiths Chippy and Sunderland Glass Centre.
“Their kindness is very much appreciated.”
International Women’s Day is held on March 8 every year and aims to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations.
The first women’s day was held in 1901.