Right to Left: PCC Barry Coppinger, Andy McDonald MP, Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer, Yasmin Khan and Noreen Riaz (both from HALO Project)
Cleveland's PCC Barry Coppinger and Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer spoke at this year's Teesside International Women's Day 'Inspiring Change' event at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Saturday 8 March. Television personalities and local business and community leaders who also spoke at the event were Steph McGovern (BBC Business News presenter), Kirsten O'Brien (TV presenter and journalist), Sharon Gayter (Ultra marathon runner), Jo Hand (Local businesswoman, Jo Hand Recruitment), Jessie Joe Jacobs (CEO, A Way Out) and Kath Sainsbury (Asylum and refugee activist, Justice First)
International Women's Day celebrates women's achievements throughout history and across nations. This year's theme, 'Inspiring Change' sought to recognise the social, political and economic advancements of women, whilst highlighting areas that still need to be addressed. Its aim was to raise awareness locally and to engage with women and families in the Teesside area and offer women, and particularly young women, true equality of opportunity. The day was packed with ways to get involved, stalls, information stands and food, drink and entertainment.
The event was organised and supported by a range of agencies including Middlesbrough Council Libraries, Public Health, Welfare Rights & Housing, My Sister's Place, Barnardo's SECOS, Cleveland Police, Middlesbrough College, Fabrick Housing, University of Teesside, Cleveland Girl Guiding Unit, A Way Out, ARCH North East, Cleveland College of Art & Design, HALO Project, Victim Support, Harbour North East, Tees Valley Women's Centre, Olde Young Tea House, Foundation, White's Café, Nur Fitness and Mithai Mahal among others.
Posted on Thursday 6th March 2014