BLINC celebrates International Women’s Day at Halo

BLINC and Bristol Fairtrade Network joined forces on Thursday 8th March to put together  an inspirational and enjoyable evening to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event was held at the Halo Restaurant and Bar on the Gloucester Road and turnout was fantastic.  We all tucked in to some great food and browsed the stalls selling Fairtrade products and Nicaraguan crafts before listening to the guest speakers of the evening.

BLINC member Clive Weston (left) and BITA co-ordinator Alix Hughes (right). The stall made £25 that evening.
Fairtrade product and information stall.

Key speaker Sandra Rojas from Achuapa in Nothern Nicaragua talked about the positive changes taking place in her community in relation to women’s representation in government and in decision-making within their fairtrade sesame cooperative.  We also heard from African Initiatives, a Bristol -based social justice organisation that supports girls’ and women’s’ rights issues in Africa.  Peninah Achieng representing Bristol Link with Beira also spoke of the challenge of women’s health in Mozambique.

Sandra Rojas (left) and Jenny Foster, Bristol Fairtrade Network co-ordinator (right).

The evening culminated in a beautiful and breathtaking a cappella performance by singer and songwriter Vanessa Melody.  Her original songs about empowerment and self-actualisation were a perfect ending to a night dedicated to the celebration of women all over the world.

Discussion in full swing.
Attendees mingle and chat during interval.
Vanessa Melody (left) and Peninah Achieng (right).
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