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Kicking off the week’s activities, families were invited to a disco divas party. Inflatable microphones and guitars, disco lights and a buffet were all on hand to encourage some dancing to a sound track of female singers and musicians.

 

Thursday night had with poetry, singing and musical performances at an open mic night organised by Cabraich art group.

 

An art exhibition on the theme of “Celebrating our Women”  displaying a collection from over 30 local female artists ran until the weekend.

 

Around 150 women attended a conference on Saturday -  workshops were diverse, with something for everyone from gardening to sew your own knickers or car maintenance.  

 

There were drop-in sessions for beauty treatments and try-your-hand at crafts. Many people said it was a great way to try something for the first time.

 

Guest speaker, Lindsey Millen, from Close the Gap gave a presentation about gender equality and the gender pay gap while Joni Buchanan talked about the local history of women.

 

Some £240 was raised for Western Isles Women’s Aid.

 

Community project co-ordinator, Terri Davies, said: “There was a lot of volunteer effort that went into the week’s events.”

 

She added: “It was just great to see so many women in one place, engaged in interesting and challenging activities and discussions.

 

“At one point we had a group in the hall doing line dancing, others visiting the exhibition, getting a massage or learning to crochet all  while classes in yoga, quilting and golf were happening elsewhere.”

 

 

 

International Women’s Day celebrations in Back

16 March 2017

 

Women of all ages and backgrounds came together with their families and friends this week to celebrate International Women’s Day at Back FC and Recreational Club.