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Volunteers Recognised as part of International Women’s Day Celebrations


At an award ceremony held during the YMCA celebrations for International Women’s Day at Newtown Youth and Community Centre, Cllr Satvir Kaur presented 17 local women with certificates acknowledging their outstanding contribution to our communities.            


The recipients included volunteers with Northam Sunday Lunch Project, the Afahanistan Women Association, the Albion Towers Sewing Project and Women Integration Group. They are:


Afrah Samad, Romana Syed, Debbie Goatley Birch, Fatime Abdulsalam, Fatima Noroze, Habiba Abdulassis, Hany Babai, Jane Shoebridge, Maimuna Nyass, Maram Ceesay Sanneh, Maryam Atai, Naheeda Hassani, Labeba Omer (Ramla), Saima Usman, Shabnam Faroozan Boroojeni, Safia Hajir Moalin and Victoria Ugwoeme.


Cllr Kaur presenting said,

“It was an honour to be part of these celebrations. We have many women throughout Southampton doing great things within their local communities, and often under difficult circumstances. Absolute honour to celebrate International Women’s Day with them and pleased this event could draw attention to their work and the groups they run and support, which helps and reaches out to even more women. There is still much more to do for women’s equality, but these women are paving the way and Southampton is a better place for them.”


WICT’s Abdoulie Sanneh,

added, “We have been very happy to work with these women who have such enthusiasm and drive. They really are a voice for women in our city.”


Other events in the city included a walk on Southampton Common organised by Southampton Women’s Forum; John Hansard Gallery & Art Asia showcased local women artists and the City Art Gallery hosted a talk on art by women in their collection; an International Women’s Day Celebration dinner for 150 women, at Everest restaurant was organised by the Afghan Women’s Association and supported by West Itchen Community Trust.


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