Many of you will have seen that we took part in Scarborough’s event for International Women’s Day on Friday 6th March which saw over 400 people come and visit three inspirational venues; Woodend Creative, Scarborough Art Gallery and Kagyu Samye Dzong the Buddhist centre. What a great day we had meeting so many of you amazing and inspiring women.

Did you know that International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March and has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. It is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action – whatever that looks like globally or at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women’s Day has been occurring for well over a century – and continues to grow from strength to strength.

This years theme was #EachforEqual. It highlights that we can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

Our very own MD, Kelly Dunn was one of the main organisers this year along with Margaret Inglesant, founder of Inspire UK, Gill Stott, HR Consultant and Jenn Crowther, CEO Yorkshire in Business. Together they are part of a local networking group called “Inspiring Women” who meet every month for Coffee and CAKE (coffee and Kick start each other) mornings as well as holding co-working days around Scarborough. They came up with the idea of hosting an event for International Women’s Day last year and successfully organised their inaugural event with around 200 women from around the area. This years event was set to be a bigger and better, especially as they had secured Beyond Housing as the main partner as well as Asquith and Co Accountants and GI Group as sponsors.

They were able to attract Dr Zareen Rochi Ahmed, Founder and CEO of Gift Wellness as their Keynote speaker, talking about her foundation set up in honour of her daughter and the work she has done around period poverty in Syria and all over the world, along with other equally as inspiring speakers including Sheri-Lee Miles, Co-founding Director of NETPositive Futures and Rita Leeman, Yorkshires president of the Soroptimists.

They had a large number of workshops set across the three venues from Health and Well being Yoga and mediation, business related speed networking and a young entrepreneurs panel of 6 local business people who are all under 30, as well as an adult dance and chocolate workshop run by Crofts Chocolates in Scarborough.

Every inspiring lady through the door was given a free goody bag with specially commissioned items from local creative and craft businesses to show how valued they are. Overall the day was a huge success and everyone left feeling empowered and inspired.

Let’s all be #EachforEqual