WOMEN from across South Tyneside came together yesterday to mark a day celebrating all things female.
South Tyneside celebrated International Women’s Day in style.
At South Shields Town Hall women of all ages and nationalities tried out their skills in Bollywood dancing and enjoyed relaxing with a range of holistic therapies.
The event was organised by domestic abuse charity Options - part of Impact Family Services - with support from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Apna Ghar - a minority ethnic women’s group - and David Gray’s Solicitors in South Shields.
Options Co-ordinator Julie Robinson said: “It was a great event and we had such a fantastic turnout. It far exceeded my expectations and the Bollywood dancing gave the event a huge boost.’’
Meanwhile, further down the road women were taking a step back in time with an exhibition on South Tyneside’s Suffragettes.
The display had been put together by those who visit Women’s Health In South Tyneside based in Mile End Road, South Shields.
Suffragettes, who campaigned for change - including the right to vote - in the early 20th century used tactics such as chaining themselves to railings and setting fire to mailboxes.
Corinne Devine, volunteer support worker, at WHIST said: “?”
Another event took place at Primrose Community Centre which was attended by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Eileen Leask.
She said: “The values and focus of International Women’s Day are liberating and it was very rewarding to spend time with ladies from the borough to celebrate this global event.”
Coun Olive Punchion, Mayoress of South Tyneside said: “International Women’s Day is a great way of not only recognising achievements of women across the Borough but also to remember the sacrifices that people have made down the generations.”