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.
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.
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.