Agenda Item No. 7


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting: 15 February 2011


Report of the Cabinet Member for Human Resources and Equalities

International Womens Day

Purpose of the Report

1.             To report the organisation of an event in celebration of International Women's Day, scheduled to be held on Thursday the 8 of March 2012 at the Memorial Hall in Barry.


1.             That Cabinet note the arrangements for the organisation of an event in support of International Women's Day.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             To celebrate International Women's Day.


2.             International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. The first International Women's Day event was organised in 1911.

3.             In some countries like China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria International Women's Day is celebrated as a national holiday and has the equivalent status of Mother's Day. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers wives, girlfriends, colleagues etc with flowers and gifts.

4.             For many years the United Nations has held an annual International Women's Day conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes.

5.             Each year around the world, women's organisations and governments have observed International Women's Day as being held annually on the 8 March. Thousands of events occur not just on this day but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.


6.             Organisations, governments, charities and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect global and local gender issues.


7.             This year’s international theme is titled “Connecting Girls – Inspiring Futures”. Working with this theme the vale is organising a woman only event that will bring women together to listen to inspirational speakers who can shape, motivate and encourage them to think about their futures.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             In keeping with the theme of this year the cabinet member for human resources and equalities and the cabinet office has brought together a group of motivational women speakers who will talk about their lives and achievements.

9.             Speakers that have agreed to speak at this inaugural event are: Philippa Davies (also known as ‘Mrs Motivator’ a psychologist and author from Barry), Lieutenant Colonel Caroline Whittaker of the 203 (Welsh) Field Hospital Volunteers, Annette Chinn (local business woman), and Deputy Chief Constable Colette Paul (South Wales Police Authority).

10.        Each speaker is well respected within their specialised area of work and have achieved much throughout their careers.  A draft programme for the event is attached as appendix A.

11.        A wide range of guests has been invited to attend this event and to listen to these inspirational speakers. Invitees include; local business women, local schools, representatives from local charitable organisations, youth groups, all female Councillors from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and members of the Equalities Consultative Forum. So far 120 people have confirmed their attendance but the cabinet office anticipates that a further 50 will be added to this list.

12.        The event has been well received by the organisations that have been contacted and will provide inspirational, thought provoking presentations to encourage the aspirations and ambitions of women in the Vale with their chosen careers, business and society.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

13.        The cost of organising this event will be met from existing budgets, and it is anticipated that the event will cost no more than £3,000.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

14.        As set out in the body of the report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

15.        None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

16.        The event will celebrate the achievements of women and be an inspiration to others.

Corporate/Service Objectives

17.        Not applicable.

Policy Framework and Budget

18.        This is a matter for executive decision by the Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

19.        No consultation required and all female elected members of the council will be invited to the event.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

20.        Corporate Resources.

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Mark Petherick (01446) 709853

Officers Consulted

Chief Executive

Operational Manager: Corporate Policy and Communications

Director of Finance ICT and Property

Responsible Officer:

John Maitland Evans,

Chief Executive