March is an important month for women as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day.
The Together Women Project is based on Arundel Lane, Sheffield, and works with women to provide a number of support services. They offer support on a range of issues including domestic violence, housing and homelessness, employment, and health and well-being.
March 8th 2022 marked International Women’s Day, a day to acknowledge the achievements of women whilst still focusing on the work that needs to be done for gender equality. To celebrate the day, Together Women held a drop-in event for women who may need support.
Lauren O’Donoghue, 29, VIBE Champion at Together Women Sheffield said: “We held a drop-in event at our centre on Tuesday from 11am to 2pm. It was open to any women who wanted to come along and we had food, activities and free goodies, as well as stalls from Shelter and NHS Sexual Health
“International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month provide great opportunities to highlight both the issues facing women around the world and the great work being done by women in the community. This year’s theme, #BreakTheBias, is a really important one – gender biases in society create huge barriers to women’s safety, rights and quality of life.
“However, it’s also really important to acknowledge that these issues don’t just exist on one specific date. Challenging gender biases and fighting for equality is work that needs to be done all year round.”
A survey ran by Together Women last year highlighted that there is still work to be done in terms of gender equality. The survey revealed that mental health, gender-based violence, professional confidence and poverty are the biggest issues facing women in Sheffield.
Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day are a time to acknowledge these issues and improve the well-being of women in Sheffield and across the UK.