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Over 100 young women will be urged to make a pledge at an aspiration-building event exploring the changing role of women through the ages.
The unique celebration is designed to inspire 14 to 19-year-olds and is being by held by Leicestershire County Council this Saturday (9th March) to mark International Women’s Day.
Kicking off with a speech, the event features a number of interactive workshops including one looking at history through fashion. Teenagers will be able to try on a range of outfits from the Victorian era right up to today and experience first hand how clothing affects everyday life.
Another workshop will tell the story of women working at at the Ford car plant in Dagenham who in 1968, went on strike in a bid for better pay.
Everyone taking part in the workshops will be asked to make a pledge to make a difference to either themselves or to others.
Taster sessions in brick work and engineering will also be available as well as stalls offering advice on self-esteem, drugs and alcohol and sexual health.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Through our youth work, we aim to inspire teenagers to set goals and have high aspirations.
“By exploring how women’s roles have changed throughout the decades, we want to use fun but factual workshops rooted in history to motivate young women.
“I hope that the celebration encourages young women to think about what they can achieve and pledge to make it reality.”
The event is being held between 10am and 3pm on Saturday, 9th March, at South Leicestershire College.
International Women’s Day is held annually on 8th March and was first celebrated in 1911. It honours the work of the Suffragettes who fought for the right to vote and the end to discrimination, and also commemorates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
More information about International Women’s Day can be found at: www.internationalwomensday.com .