Vale celebrates International Women’s Day


Published 13 March 2015


Representatives from local schools and organisations and from across Wales attended an event hosted by the Vale of Glamorgan Council on 6 March to celebrate International Women’s Day.


Guests came together at the Memorial Hall in Barry to hear inspirational speakers and celebrate the contribution and achievements of women across the world.


Speakers included Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell, the first female to hold the position within the organisation, Cathy Kennedy from Chwarae Teg, currently co-ordinating the Diversity in Democracy project for Welsh Government, Baroness Anita Gale of Blaenrhondda and Lowri Jones from the organisation Women in Public Life


The event was accompanied by afternoon tea and entertainment from Ysgol Bro Morgannwg student and Music in the Vale harpist Anwen Fardy.

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Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Vale Council cabinet member and Diversity and Domestic Violence Champion, opened proceedings by outlining the importance of gender equality in the Council.



She said: “As a large public sector employer in the Vale, the Council is aware of our role to promote best practice in terms of women’s rights and to work hard to achieve real equality of opportunity. It is a central pillar of our employment practice that decisions are made on the absolute basis of merit and skill and nothing else."


International Women’s Day has been celebrated since the early 1900s, and is now an official holiday in many countries across the world.


For more information, or to find out how you can support International Women’s Day, visit


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