Published Thursday 23 February 2017 at 17:39
Residents are being invited to a workshop to make decorations for a ‘wishing tree’ marking International Women’s Day on March 8.
The handmade decorations that will include dream catchers and prayer flags will be hung on a tree in front of Blackburn Cathedral as part of an art installation called ‘Dreams for our Daughters’.
Other decorations that will hang on the tree will be made by women supported by Blackburn organisation Humraaz, that helps victims of violent abuse including domestic violence.
The tree will be dedicated to hopes of a better future for women around the world.
The art installation is one of a number of events taking place throughout the week in Blackburn with Darwen to mark International Women’s Day, a global day celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
This year’s theme is Be Bold for Change and calls on people to address gender equality.
The events are being backed by a number of partners including The Mall, Blackburn Rovers, Blackburn Youth Zone, Lancashire Constabulary, The Office of the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner and Blackburn with Darwen Council.
Cllr Maureen Bateson, Executive Member for Childrens’ Services at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said
We are working with other organisations across the borough to recognise this day, which not only marks the important contributions that women make in all strands of society but also calls for greater equality for women.
We hope that all women will be inspired by the events that are being held and find out about all the opportunities that are available to them.
The ‘wishing tree’ workshop will be held on March 4 at the Bureau, Centre for the Arts on Victoria Street from 1-4pm.
More information about the events being held for International Women’s Day will be published on The Shuttle and Visit Blackburn