International Women’s Day celebrations at Shared Interest

International Women’s Day celebrations for 2012 take place this Thursday 8th March, which slots neatly into our programme of celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight.

I will be attending a Fairtrade reception at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, which is being organised in celebration of IWD. The event is designed to raise awareness of the issues facing young women in developing countries, and how young women in Sunderland can make a difference. I am looking forward to hearing my colleagues speak about their first hand experience of how fair trade and Shared Interest can support women’s producer groups. We will also have the opportunity to network and share stories with local women’s organisations.

Here at the office, our social committee have organised an in house competition for staff to name a famous woman who has inspired them. I’m sure there will be some very diverse and interesting names put forward. Roll on Thursday; it should be a very positive and uplifting day!

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