International Women's Day in Clara Vale

Hannah Little | Sep 13, 2019

The Tyne Valley community of Clara Vale certainly celebrated International Women’s Day in style this year. Local residents got together at the village hall for a day of relaxation, music and food all while raising funds for Womankind's work with women and girls across the world. To find out more about this fascinating event we spoke to Rose Davies (pictured below), Womankind supporter and organiser of the village celebrations. 

Rose Davies

Womankind: Hi Rose. Congratulations on what sounds like a great event! Could you tell us a little more about Clara Vale and how this special International Women's Day event came about?

Rose: Clara Vale is a small village and vibrant community in the Tyne Valley.  We are renowned for our big breakfasts, coffee mornings and sharing suppers. At our ‘Taste not Waste’ sharing supper, where the village’s gardeners make locally grown food, the idea of a sharing supper for International Women’s Day emerged.

Village residents began bouncing around ideas for the supper and the idea soon developed into a whole day of celebration. We planned an afternoon of holistic therapies and an art workshop followed by talks from local women, then an evening supper. 

Womankind: How did you advertise the event? 

Rose: In the run up to the event, we had a front-page article in our village newsletter, posters around the village and dropped leaflets to each house.  We recruited a local artist to help with publicity and used social media platforms to spread the word.

Womankind: How did the event go?

Rose: It was everything we imagined and more! We wanted to give women a space to relax and indulge themselves for a few hours so the activities were for women only. This included reiki, reflexology and aromatherapy massage as well as beginners yoga sessions. Women sat together and sang whilst local artists ran a collaborative art activity.

Photo of village sign

In the early evening, local women told their own inspirational stories.  These included a local councillor talking about working towards gender balance in politics and communities, a woman who has opened a space for artists to work and collaborate, and a woman who spoke passionately about her engagement with Extinction Rebellion.  These talks had a profound impact and we continued to talk about them throughout the evening.

Then came the food.  Everyone brought a dish to share, many with an international flavour, and what a spread it was!  Finally, a local band, Beat Root Jam, played and sang their mix of roots, reggae, jazz blues and soul covers. 
A perfect way to end the day’s celebration of International Women’s Day.

Womankind: Any memorable moments?

Rose: The ambience in the therapy room, the singing, the inspirational speakers, the tasty food and finally dancing to the soulful sounds of Beat Root Jam.

Womankind: How did your fundraising efforts go?

Rose: We had excellent help and guidance from Womankind’s fundraising section. Alongside ticket sales, we organised a raffle. Our prizes included Fairtrade hampers, local honey and beeswax products, and handmade products donated by local artists and craftswomen. We were pleased to raise £250 from our small community’s efforts. 

clara vale womankind display
[Womankind information stand at the Clara Vale IWD 2019 celebrations]

Womankind: Finally, why did you choose to fundraise for Womankind Worldwide?

Rose: We wanted our day to be a celebration of all that women have achieved but also to recognise there is still much more to be done. Supporting Womankind was our way of connecting with the continuing struggles for women’s rights across the globe.From the start, we knew we wanted an international element to our day.  We were already familiar with the work of Womankind Worldwide and their ethos of empowering and supporting women campaigning across the world greatly appealed to us. 

Womankind: Thank you and he community of Clara Vale for your support and standing with women and girls around the world. 

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