A lavish Fairtrade tea was hosted by Luton’s Deputy Mayor, Cllr Maria Lovell. The reception followed a series of engaging and challenging talks aimed at fostering social cohesion, equality and justice within the town.
The event was held just days after International Women’s day which is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political role of women. This year’s theme was #EachforEqual and those attending Wednesday’s event were asked to sign a pledge which calls for all to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.
The occasion brought together those passionate about human rights and equality and gave attendees an opportunity to learn more about the marvellous work done by those in our voluntary and charity sector. Present at the event were representatives from Stepping Stones, which offers vital support for victims of domestic violence and Azalea, which seeks to combat the tragedy of sexual exploitation.
Also in attendance were the Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Mayor and Mayoress of Ampthill and the Deputy Mayor of Houghton Regis.
Cllr Lovell said: “I am so proud of the wonderful women in Luton who do amazing things in our community. It was very moving seeing them come together to celebrate International Women’s Day. Not only that, I am truly excited by the potential of a Luton Women’s Network. It will be a platform to learn from and to support one another.
“While there is so much for us to celebrate, we came away from today realising even more that we all have a part to play in gender justice to make our society healthier, wealthier and more harmonious. We must and will work together to truly be #EachforEqual.“