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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event that celebrates women’s achievements whilst calling for gender equality. Womenzone Community Centre celebrated International Women’s Day which was held on 8th March 2016 in style. Womenzone held an Awards Ceremony highlighting the personal and professional achievements of their service users, volunteers and staff. The event was funded by the Department for Local Communities and Government (DGLG).

image1Chief Guest, Councillor Rizwana Jamil started off the event by reading an inspirational poem about International Women’s Day which was followed by her presenting the awards to the successful candidates. Amongst the winners was service user, Latifa Bari, who was commended for her outstanding achievement of going over and beyond to support and encourage the women that attend the Over 50’s group in taking part in activities such as; arts and crafts; cooking and organising trips.

A heart felt poem was recited by service users, allowing them to express themselves and showing how far they have come and improved as a result of accessing Womenzone services.

image1 (3)Volunteers Anisa Ayaz, Lubna Khalid, Amber Aftab, Shakira Habib, Aneela Nadeem, Sadia Hussain, Sumera Anwar, Kashifa Mahmood, Shabana Kauser also received awards for their ongoing voluntary contribution to the development of Womenzone Services.

Rukhsana Mahmood received an award for her outstanding achievement of going over and beyond her role as a gym instructor as she has played a huge part in developing the Talent Match Programme which supports NEET young people gain the skills they need to get into work and training.

Gulsoom Akhtar who is administrator for Womenzone, also received an award for all her hard work and continuous efforts to develop Womenzone Services.

image1 (5)Humma Nizami, event organiser said: “The awards ceremony was a fantastic way for Womenzone to celebrate International Women’s Day. By giving the awards, we as an organisation were able to highlight the personal and professional development of our service users as well as thanking our staff and volunteers for the fantastic work they do on a daily basis”.

Development Manager, Sadia Sajid said: “Womenzone is honoured to celebrate International Women’s Day in such a way that recognises the achievement and progress of our service users. I would especially like to thank our dedicated staff and volunteers for all their efforts towards the development of Womenzone as without them events like this would not be possible.”

Womenzone aims to promote health, well-being and create fairer access to services for women and children in the local area. They take a community development approach, seeking to support women to capitalise upon and build their own strengths for the benefit of their families and communities by;

  • Engaging more women in community activities,
  • Encouraging women to have a voice and have a fresh and varied thinking and perspective,
  • Enabling women to find their inner confidence and;
  • Empowering women to start their journey by nurturing their ideas and mentoring women to achieve their goals

Womenzone, a registered charity, operates a female-only centre located in the heart of the Bradford 3 area. Activities include gym/steam, healthy weights; keep fit exercises, educational and vocational training, wellbeing and cooking groups, pre-school and maternal-health advice. They have an outstanding local reputation as a provider of high quality services.

They have over 12 years’ experience of delivering health and wellbeing services to hard to reach communities, particularly women from BME and CEE backgrounds, living in Bradford’s most deprived neighbourhoods, facing many social and cultural barriers which have an impact upon their ability to engage with health services and lead a healthy lifestyle.

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