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Wigan Borough women celebrate International Women’s Day
Thursday 13th March, 2014

Wigan Borough’s young women celebrated International Women’s Day at an event organised by Wigan Council’s Voice and Engagement team on Saturday 8th March.

The event, which took place at the Wigan Investment Centre, saw young women from groups such as the local youth council and the Girl Guides Association spend the day looking at examples of women’s achievements from the past, discuss what it’s like to be a woman in the borough today and focus on what they want the future for the borough’s young women to be like.

They put forward the top things they would like to see change for them in the borough, which will form the basis of a charter for young women that will be taken forward.

Each group also brought a jigsaw piece they had created beforehand to the event, which represented how they feel about being a woman today. It was then put together to form one piece of artwork, that will now be displayed across the borough.

Fourteen-year-old Karin Zahnasova from Leigh enjoyed being part of the event. She said: “It was good to meet other women and everyone listened and took notice of one another. The best bit was doing the workshops and having the discussions. I’ve learned that to be successful you have to be strong and you have to be there for each other and stand by each other.”

Several high profile women spoke at the event, including Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Liz Harding from the North West Regional Youth Work Unit.

Donna, who talked about being a woman in business, said, “Despite so many advances we still don’t have equality and there’s still a massive gap when you look at the top jobs across the UK, with around 5,400 women missing from those jobs. That gap has got bigger in the past 10 years.

“Women often make great leaders, as they are generally very focused and tend to work closer with their colleagues. It would be great to see some of the young women who attended the event in the top jobs at Wigan Council in the future and I wish all of them lots of luck in their chosen careers."

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