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4 International Women’s Day events happening in the North East next week

Written by High Life North
Published 05.03.2022

The Prince’s Trust Change a Girl’s Life lunch – 11 March

In support of the Prince’s Trust ‘Women Supporting Women’ initiative, regional ambassadors for the charity Kari Owers and Sarah Pittendrigh are hosting a lunch at Matfen Hall to raise money for young women in the UK who need our support, helping them to achieve a more positive future.

At the start of the pandemic, more than 78 per cent of those who lost their jobs were women and two-thirds were between the ages of 18 and 34, according to UK wide research by PWC.

Women Supporting Women hopes to change that, by raising funds to help young women access support to reskill, get a job or start their own business via the Prince’s Trust Cheryl centre in Newcastle, where they can receive specialist support, courses and access to funding. All money raised goes towards tailored programmes and long-term support give young people the practical skills and emotional resilience to pick themselves back up and create their own positive futures.

As well as inspirational speakers, and a delicious Matfen Hall three-course meal, there will be lots of opportunities to network and maybe win something wonderful in the luxury silent auction.


The impact of covid on female-led businesses in the North East – 8th March

If you’re interested in networking with other female business owners and chat about how female-led businesses from the North East of England have overcome the challenges during the pandemic, what situations they faced and what lessons they learned, this is a great event for you.

Speakers include self-development coach Jasmine Dawes, fashion entrepreneur Louisa Rogers and co-founder of The Traveller and The Bear, Claire Knight.

A small lunch will be provided.


An Evening with Inspirational Women, Hope Street Xchange – 8 March

Hope Street Xchange in collaboration with Sunderland Culture and The Office Rocks have joined forces to host an evening of fun, music, food and Prosecco in celebration of International Women’s Day.

The event will showcase six guest speakers from the region, including Sarah Pavlou, Programme Director, Scale Up North EastNatasha McDonough, Market Research and Marketing Agency Owner at MMC, Governor at the University of Sunderland and Council Member for the North East Chamber of Commerce and Cat Watson Dale, Managing Director at Accenture and Global HR Transformation Leader.

Alongside, Laura Middleton, Managing Director, The Office RocksKirsty Tate, E-Learning Practitioner, Lecturer and Professional Development Coach from East Durham College and Stephanie Farnsworth, Gaming PhD Student at the University of Sunderland. Compere for the evening will be Justine Gillespie, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the University of Sunderland.


West End Women and Girls IWD exhibition – opening 8 March

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, 40 Women and Girls is a landmark project featuring the stories and photographs of 40 women and girls who have been the heartbeat of our community from 1981-2021. They could be 5 or 95, estate matriarchs or teenage peer educators, Tuesday clubbers and now nannas. Trustees, staff, volunteers and members, past and present. Living or past over. Women & Girls who have made a difference championed the centre and become inspirational role models over 40 years.

The exhibition will launch on Tuesday 8 March, International Women’s Day, as they light up the West End Women and Girls Centre with the opening of the exhibition, book launch and a series of large-scale projections onto our building supported by BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Public exhibition dates: 9 – 31 March 2022.
Free entry but donations are welcome.
Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm (women only) Saturday-Sunday, 10am-2pm (open to all)


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