WOMEN united to celebrate International Women’s Day in Barry.

International Women’s Day, held annually on March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. 

The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality, with the theme for 2022 being #BreakTheBias.

Women are leading the way on Barry Town Council, where 65 per cent of councillors, and 67 per cent of management staff are women.

Barry Town Council’s leader, head of paid services, and all group leaders are also female.

Barry Town Council celebrated International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, with a coffee morning at Cemetery Approach Community Centre.

More than 30 people attended, including councillors, past female mayors, community groups, and members of the public.

The morning was hosted by Emily Forbes, chief officer of Barry Town Council and was attended by Lord Lieutenant Morfudd Meredith, who began the morning with a speech which gave insight into her career in law.

Further speeches were heard from:

  • Cllr Sandra Perkes, who spoke about her work as the domestic violence champion of the Vale of Glamorgan Council;
  • Cllrs Janice Charles and Shirley Hodges, who are both group leaders at Barry Town Council;
  • Cllr Jayne Norman who is the mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan.

A speech was also read on behalf of Vale MS Jane Hutt by Cllr Payne as she was unable to attend.

The event was also attended by Atal y Fro and Welsh Women’s Aid who used the opportunity to promote the “Ask Me” campaign which is aimed at members of the public wo wish to learn more about how they can support friends and family who may be experiencing domestic abuse.

To find out more about this campaign, e-mail askmeWales@welshwomensaid.org.uk

If you would like to be part of the event next year e-mail Barry Town Council at info@barrytowncouncil.gov.uk