International Women's Day to be marked at South Shields Fire Station

The role of women is to be celebrated in South Tyneside with an afternoon dedicated to the fairer sex.

Saturday, 4th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:06 am
Iternational Woman's Day at South Shields Fire Station. From left Laila Abdullah, Tracey Ham, Adrian Jackson, Venessa McBurnie and Louise Clarkson

South Shields Fire Station, in John Reid Road, will be opened up for a special event to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday.

Women in various positions within the community have been lined up as guest speakers, with domestic abuse also being touched upon.

Speakers include an officer from Southern Area Command’s CID department and Julie Robinson from Domestic Abuse charity Options.

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Henna painting, dancing and information stalls will also form part of the event.

The afternoon has been organised by Laila Abdullah, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

The theme, this year is gender equality, which will also seek the views from visitors on what pledges around the subject can be made.

Mrs Abdullah said: “International Women’s Day is such a great day to celebrate women, their roles in society and to encourage them to follow their dreams.”

International Women’s Day takes place on March 8 and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day was first held in the early 1900s.

This year, the global day to recognise women, is asking them if they are #BoldForChange.

Laila added: “They’ll be lots for people to do throughout the afternoon and lots of information for them to be able to take away with them.

“It’s an event which we look at celebrating every year, as it is important to keep empowering women.”

Doors to the event open 12.30pm with activities due to start at around 1pm.

For information on International Women’s Day, visit

Last year, organizations and individuals around the world supported the #PledgeForParity campaign. It aimed to help women and girls achieve their ambitions and call for gender-balanced leadership.