Group puts women in the picture

BPW NORTH celebrated International Women’s Day by inviting the winning team from Church High School in Newcastle to talk about Images of Women.

Rebecca Charlton’s hard-hitting discussion about disparaging terms for women was superbly delivered. The team now goes on to the national final of BPW UK’s public speaking competition.

Six adults then spoke for a maximum of five minutes each to say what their organisation does for women.

Patricia Gatherum inspired with her talk on Soroptimism, Roger Ashmore reminded us of the relevance today of Scouting, Joan Oliver talked of the humanitarian work done by St Robert’s Catholic League and Emma Buyers spoke about the work she performs helping people in quite often difficult financial circumstances at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau.

Lib Dem spokesman Mark Horton said what the Lib Dems are doing for women and the Conservative spokesman David Towns spoke eloquently about the work still needing to be done to encourage women into political life.

Finally, the Regional President Hilarie Tucknott invited everyone to share homemade cakes and conservation.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was Connecting Girls: Inspiring Futures and BPW North was delighted with the success of the occasion begun over a hundred years ago to celebrate women’s past, present and future success.