International Women's Day
Warrington Collegiate celebrated women’s achievements on International Women’s Day on 8th March with a special event to promote and celebrate organisations that support women and raise funds for Oxfam’s International women’s campaign. Student Liaison Officer for Warrington Collegiate, Natalie Usher organised the event with support from students studying Health and Social Care. Keen to involve all students and staff on the day Natalie and the students embarked on a marketing campaign to raise awareness and support across the college.
International Women’s Day is a global event, but it is not just targeted at women as Natalie Usher, Student Liaison Officer, at Warrington Collegiate explains, “Our International Women’s Day Event at the College is a great opportunity for students to find out about the variety of organisations in the community who can support them. The day is about empowering and celebrating women’s success but also educating dads, granddads, brothers, uncles and friends about the issues affecting women and the help and support that are available. It’s great that our students are eager to get involved and so passionate about the event.“
17 year old Media Make-up student, Nicole Hatch, from Woolston adds, “Doing an event like this is a great way of getting students involved in supporting women’s organisations as well as letting them know about the issues and opportunities for women across the globe.”
The broad aim of the day was reflected in the range of organisations attending the event which included Warrington’s own Pink Ladies and St Rocco’s Hospice to national Charities such as Women’s Aid, a national charity working to end violence towards women and Children and Rape Crisis. Health and Social Care students were encouraging students and staff to stop smoking with a hard hitting display and a giant cigarette as well as selling a delicious range of home baked cakes, raising over £100 for Oxfam’s International Women’s Day Campaign which will train 2 midwives in Ghana.
Health and Social Care student, Kayleigh Preston said, “This is such a worthwhile achievement. We wanted to raise enough for one midwife but knowing we can support two, that is just amazing.
International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.