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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Women and girls join forces in Barrow for International Women's Day

WOMEN and girls of all ages joined forces to mark International Women’s Day with a special event in Furness.

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Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock (centre) with assorted girl guides from this area, members of Barrow Grange and Windermere branches of Soroptimist International along with Cumbria county councillor Mandy Telford and supporters marking International Women's Day in Barrow's indoor market on Saturday SUBMITTED PICTURES

There was a strong show of support at an awareness event in Barrow on March 8.

The gathering at Barrow Indoor Market was led by Barrow women’s centre, Women’s Community Matters, and was well supported by members of Soroptimist International, Girl Guiding, Furness Multicultural Women’s Network and Barrow Inner Wheel.

The event also marked three months since the women’s centre opened, which is the first of its kind in Cumbria.

The day raised awareness about organisations which support and inspire women, and the issues facing women internationally, nationally and locally.

It also looked at issues such as gender inequality, domestic violence and modern-day slavery.

Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock attended the event with Theresa Griffin, an MEP North West candidate for Labour who has an interest in promoting education about healthy relationships.

The groups have said that they felt it was an extremely positive day.

The women’s centre has also seen more people using its services, such as its clothes bank.

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