Council marks International Women’s Day | Sevenoaks District Council

Council marks International Women’s Day

Published: Monday, 6th March 2023

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Sevenoaks District Council and its partners will be holding exciting events for women of all ages.

International Women’s Day 2023 is on Wednesday 8 March and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year’s theme is #EmbraceEquity and encourages people to imagine a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination where difference is valued and celebrated.

As part of the week, the Council’s Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator, Sarah Jagelman, will be out in the community talking to women and offering help and advice about any concerns they may have. Sarah will be available on the following days and locations:

  • Tuesday 7 March - Sevenoaks Leisure Centre - 11am to 1pm
  • Wednesday 8 March - Swanley Market - 11am to 1pm

The Council has teamed up with The Millwall Community Trust to offer 12-weeks of free football sessions for girls and boys aged 8 to 16 years old. Girls of all ability are welcome to join the sessions in Edenbridge, Hartley, New Ash Green and Swanley. For more information visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/freefootball

The Council is running ‘Easy netball’ in Dunton Green. Taking place at the MUGA in the Recreation Ground, the sessions take place every Thursday 7pm to 8pm and are open to women of all ages. Each session costs £2 per person and there’s no need to book, people can just turn up and pay on the night.

Walking Netball in West Kingsdown is another activity for women. The sessions take place in West Kingsdown Village Hall every Wednesday from 7.45pm to 8.45pm. All ages and abilities are welcome and new players can enjoy their first session for free.

The Council is also holding free weekly Meno-Fitness classes throughout March from Wednesday 8 March for women over 40 experiencing menopause symptoms. The sessions are taking place at the Quaker Meeting House in Sevenoaks between 12.45pm and 1.45pm. Booking is essential. Book at communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

Cllr Lesley Dyball, the Council’s Cabinet Member for People and Places, says: “International Women’s Day (IWD) has taken place for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911. As ever, we’re proud to be supporting the day with events and activities across the District as well as providing services specifically for women all year round.”