NE Youth celebrated International Women's Day in style with a fundraising Bottomless Brunch and lots of female solidarity.
Its been two years since they held their last in- person event so all the ladies were raring to go! Anna Foster from BBC Newcastle co hosted the event and interviewed Lindsey Southern, one of the charity’s main youth workers to give a bit of insight about the work she, and her colleagues did over lockdown.
The event was supported by Vibrant Thinking and David Gray Solicitors. Lucy Mead, Partner at David Gray’s commented: “David Gray are once again pleased to be able to sponsor this annual IWD event and support the women and young people of the North East. It is great to see people coming together once again for the collective good after a difficult couple of years.”
Money raised will go towards workshops to support young girls and women across the North East. One of NE Youth’s members- Bright Futures held a march on International Women’s Day to reclaim the streets. Its almost one year since the abduction and murder of Sarah Everard and calls for more to be done to improve women’s safety have been echoing strong since her death. Bright Futures is a charity working to educate and empower young women wanted to do something positive on IWD so they organised a ‘Girls Standing Up’ march where women and girls came together in South Shield to say they fed up of still feeling scared. Hannah Woodward, a youth worker from Bright Futures said: “There’s a general consensus a lot of the girls feel scared of being in the community or feel nervous of being in the community. The whole idea for the march was the girls wanting to make a stand and reclaim their community space and reclaim their hometown and be proud to be female.”
Kim McGuiness, Police and Crime Commissioner attended the march to encourage and support all the young girls and women who took part.