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International Women’s Day 2019

Apr 15, 2019 | Events, ODILS News

By Dawn Utku  |ODILS

People were very interested to read about the lives of women successful women in arts, sport, science, business and faith.

On Friday 8th March 2019, lots of women living in Plymouth met together at Catherine Street Baptist Church to celebrate International Women’s Day. It was a fantastic and very busy day with dancing, drama, food, talks, information stands and lots of delicious, free food!

Open Doors was well-represented on the day. Two current students, Lubna and Gunel, spoke at events. Liliane was a student at Open Doors many years ago and is now a Trustee of the School.

Liliane

Encouraged women to help and encourage each other to lived balanced lives.

Lubna

Gave a powerful, educational speech about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Gunel

Spoke about her experiences in Azerbaijan at a Plymouth Labour Women’s meeting.

We also had a fantastic display showing short biographies and pictures of inspirational women written by our students.

People were very interested to read about the lives of women successful women in arts, sport, science, business and faith.

Thank you all for contributing to such a great day!

 

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