International Women’s Day Celebrations

This year we celebrated International Women’s Day with a huge day of sport at Black Prince Community Centre in Lambeth. It was open to all of the young women on our programmes and we were very pleased to welcome 80 participants from different schools and across all of our programmes – Netball4Change, Dance4Change, Girls Win, Street Elite Academy, Team Habana, London Futures and Generation Storm.

Everyone took part in a mixture of high energy activities including dance from Verona Patterson, the founder of Ignition Dance Company, and yoga form Zara Karimi, the founder of Live Karma Yoga, both local female businesswomen. We also ran netball, adapted races and mentoring workshops, followed by a talent showcase where girls from nearly every school took part and really impressed both their peers and us. They showed great bravery and confidence to get up and perform in front of people they don’t know.

The talent showcase included singers, dancers, gymnastics, stand up comedy and even a deaf awareness piece from the fantastic young women of Oaklodge School, one of our Girls Win hubs. The girls demonstrated to everyone what it is like to be a deaf person in a hearing world and they taught the whole room how to sign ‘Happy International Women’s Day’. Click here to see videos of the talent showcase.

One of the key successes on the day was the word wall where everyone got to write what International Women’s Day means to them as young women, and everyone left with a huge smile on their face, teachers and students alike. We encouraged all who took part to spread the Balance for Better​ message to their friends and family.

Thank you to everyone who came together to make this such a great day, we are already looking forward to next year.  To find out more about our Women and Girls work then please speak to Shedaine.