On Thursday 27th February Anna Turley brought Labour's Shadow Women and Equalities Minister Gloria de Piero to a special listening event with a group of women from Grangetown Netball Club ahead of International Women’s Day next month.
Anna and Gloria met and listened to the netballers talk candidly about their day to day lives and some of the challenges they face as women. The aim of the event was to hear about some of the issues they care about most and it gave the women the chance to be as honest, open and frank as they wanted.
The idea of the event was for women who don’t often come into contact with politics to tell Anna exactly what women in Grangetown want. The event was called as part of a national day of action organised by Labour to celebrate International Women’s Day and ensure women’s voices are heard with events scheduled to take place up and down the country.
Anna and Gloria asked the women for their views on everything from what they think about politicians, childcare and family pressures to the sexualisation of women by the media and pop culture and the impact this is having on young women’s aspirations and body image. Anna said;
“We had a great discussion with the netballers. They were really passionate and committed and care deeply about the community in Grangetown. I was really inspired by them and all the work they do to empower and develop young women in the area through sport.”
Gloria De Piero said;
“It was fantastic to meet such a great group of women and to talk about the issues that matter to them. Politics has to be about listening and we in the Labour party are determined to ensure women’s voices are heard at the heart of the party.”
Gel Williams who founded and runs the club said;
“It was great to be able to talk to Gloria and Anna about the issues that matter to us as women. Our club is much more than a sports club - it’s a family that has nurtured young girls through adolescent years to achieve their goals, and it has grown and strengthened through local people making a difference. We are proud to do this, and it was great to be able to put our views straight to our politicians.”
Notes to Editor
• International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March every year and is recognised by the UN. Countries across the world mark the day by celebrating the achievements and inspiring the next generation of women.http://www.internationalwomensday.com/about.asp