INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
International Women’s Day (March 8) 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.
The 2020 women’s day theme is #EachforEqual
The Women’s Day events in Crewe Winsford and now Ellesmere Port are considered, by our team, to be flagship events for Motherwell Cheshire and for the women we support. The events have evolved since their inception in 2015. The additional event in Winsford is now a standing event, and the Crewe venue has moved from the library, to the Lifestyle Centre in 2017 to South Cheshire College in 2018, and has remained in the college ever since, never mind the varied content and growing marketplace.
All our past events were evaluated (copies of which can be provided on request) and this together with the development of our organisation as a whole are shaping the plans for 2020.
Aims of Motherwell Cheshire’s Women’s day
- To increase awareness among women particularly, of female centred services in their local area, including Motherwell.
- To work in partnership with these services and agencies to empower women in the local area to take care of their mental and physical health.
- To provide an informative, entertaining, inclusive, & relaxing event where women are celebrated and congratulated for their contribution to our community, our economy & to each other.
- To provide an opportunity for local female led businesses to showcase their products.
- To generate income for Motherwell Cheshire registered charity.
The theme for our 2020 Crewe Women’s day is #BeFree and is centred around being free from:
This year’s Crewe Women’s Day is being held for the third year at Cheshire College South and West, Crewe Campus. A special thank you to our main sponsor: Unique Children’s CIC
The day begins with the raising of our flag, in memory of Councillor Dorothy Flude, celebrating the women of Crewe and the culmination of our #SeeItBeIt campaign.
Our timetable of speakers follows:
10:30 Sammy Woodhouse – Speaker/Author of the book “Just a Call” and survivor of the Rotherham Paedophile ring.
12:00- Carley Gayle of Steele Heating and Plumbing, and Alice of Goddesse Education will be talking about their experiences of media manipulation.
13:00 – a representative from Samaritans will speak about being free of mental health stigma
14:00 Karen Ratcliffe, poet and author, will be reading some of her work and sharing the story of how it has helped her as a domestic abuse survivor. You will have the opportunity to do some free writing as a way to be free of stress in your own life.
We have a marketplace showcasing local small businesses and charities.
A range of demonstrations and workshops will take place throughout the day.
Take time out in either our Faith room or Live Lounge – the Faith Room will provide a quiet, contemplative space, whilst Live Lounge, sponsored by Steele Heating and Plumbing, gives you the chance to hear a range of performances from singers and choirs to poets.
If the children are with you, check out our Kids Zone, which will include a storytime at 12 and plenty of activities to keep them happy. Sponsored by Kids Planet, Crewe.
We are thrilled to say we have a performance of “Ada” by Platform Theatre at 1pm and sponsored by Unique Children’s CIC
Written and Directed by Sean Johnson-Hargreaves.
It is 1894 and Ada Nield works as a ‘finisher’ in a clothing factory in Crewe. Discontented by the rampant favouritism and the lack of a living wage paid to its female employees, she anonymously writes a series of letters to the local newspaper exposing the inner workings of the factory. What follows will not only change her life but forms part of the fabric of the early suffrage movement.
Get tickets here (under 16s free)
15:00 You won’t want to miss “This is Me” – a catwalk with a surprising twist! Sponsored by Foundations, Nantwich.
The theme for our 2020 Winsford Women’s day is #BeCreative and the day will focus on the variety of opportunities that are open to women and girls in the Arts and Creative careers.
This years Winsford Women’s Day is being held at Warrington and Vale Royal College, Winsford Campus.
A special thank you goes to our main sponsor Unique Children’s CIC.
Our timetable of speakers is:
11:00 Sally Carmen – Coronation Street/ Shameless actress.
12:00 Hannah Caulfield, Watch Manager, Cheshire Fire Service.
13:00 Jo Conchie – TV producer and director
14:00 Sophie Osborne – Local Actress
We have our marketplace showcasing local women in business and local charities, and will also have a range of demonstrations and displays in this area.
If the children are with you, check out our Kids Zone, you’ll find local author Helen Morgan here in the afternoon and a range of activities for them through the day.
Try out your own creative side in our Creative Zone.
Relax and unwind in our Wellbeing Zone with a range of holistic therapies available. Our sponsor for this area is So Coach.
Or enjoy a range of performances in our Live Lounge, sponsored by Unique Children’s CIC
The theme for our 2020 Ellesmere Port Women’s day is #BeSTEMpowered and is centred around opportunities in the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Maths) as well as #WomenInSport looking at the sporting opportunities women are involved in, and also celebrating all the local organisations in the local area.
This is our new location and the event is going to be held at Cheshire College South West – Ellesmere Port Campus.
The line up for Ellesmere Port Women’s Day is:
11:00 Professor Claire Taylor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Wrexham Glyndwyr University, exploring how we can unlock opportunities for ourselves and others.
12:00 Anna Jackson, paralympian, will be interviewing a panel of wheelchair basketball players.
13:00 Dr Wendy McCracken, Professor of Deaf Education, will look at the reality of being a deaf child or child with other needs today, in comparison with media portrayals.
14:00 Katie Whiteman, of Cheshire College South and West, will interview a panel of her STEM students on their opportunities and barriers.
15:00 Dianne Parrish, founder of the group Chester Frosties Open Water Swim Group
In the main area, we will have:
12:00 Rachel from Out of the Bubble, promoting body confidence
13:00 Sara Hilton, of Wrexham Glyndwyr University, a former Welsh football player, who now lectures on football and coaching science, will do a talk and breakout session.
We also have our marketplace of local businesses and charities, as well as our Live Lounge for you to relax in.
- Motherwell Cheshire are a local charity that sits at the heart of the town.
- Women’s Day events are organised by committees of reps from each town
- Our charity receives no government funding – which allows us to address local issues
- The Women’s Days not only support Motherwell Cheshire but also local schools, women in business, local performers as well as other local charities that support women and girls.