Women’s day celebration to feature female politicians

Julie Budge with the International Women's Day poster SUS-150227-093402001
Julie Budge with the International Women's Day poster SUS-150227-093402001

FEMALE politicians will stage a Question Time-style event to mark International Women’s Day.

The unique six-strong line-up in Bognor Regis this Saturday will represent all the main political groups and state their cases about helping women.

Starting at 1pm, each woman will have five minutes to talk about why women should vote for them before a question and answer session.

The occasion will be a highlight of the global celebration being held at the Laburnum Centre on Lyon Street.

It is being hosted by My Sisters’ House women’s centre group for the first time and Bognor Regis Town Centre is supporting it.

Julie Budge, a founding director of My Sisters’ House, said: “We are hoping for a good turnout.

“That will celebrate the special day and also allow us to carry out consultation about our proposed women’s centre. We want to talk to as many women as possible about what we are trying to achieve.”

There has been an International Women’s Day in the Arun area for the past 19 years. Annabell Alexander, of Sussex International Women’s Day, said: “If there is going to be a women’s centre in Bognor, it’s obvious that the task should be handed over to them, and what better time to do that than on the 20th anniversary of Sussex International Women’s Day Group.”

Julie said: “It has been a pleasure working with the joint team, and we look forward to taking over the role next year, hopefully in our own women’s centre.”

Saturday’s event will take place from 10am-4pm with free entry. It will feature keynote speaker Kate Allen, from Women for Women International, as well as Janina Cooper, of The Base indoor skateboard park. There will also be entertainment from Dawn Gracie, Cheryl Ann, Nicole Scott Canon and Lindsie Morallis.

Presentations, information stands, selling stands and natural therapy taster sessions will complete the attractions for women and girls and boys up to 12 years old. A hundred free goody bags will be given out at the start.

The day is taking place as the £200,000 plans for My Sisters’ House gather pace. The one-stop shop, expected to be used by up to 600 women a year, should open in Bognor this summer.