I love the phrase ‘girl power’ and I love events that celebrate it. This ‘Her Story’ celebrating women everywhere event is taking place in Newcastle early October.
I’m a champion of causes. I’ve always felt like this but it’s only as I’ve got older that I’ve got louder and more vocal about supporting them. Some of you who know me ‘in real life’ know that I set up a social media campaign to champion women and girls where I live in the North East of England. It’s called #ThisNorthernGirlCan and I’m proud to say that women use it everyday to tag their posts with an achievement they are proud to share.
It’s only a small thing but as they say ‘oak trees from little acorns grow’.
I like getting behind things and giving them a shout out.
That’s why I am keen to help spread awareness for another great cause. It’s Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland. They are a charity that provides free, safe, professional support and information for women and girls over 13 who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.
Don ‘t we all want to support something that important?
They have also reached a major milestone this year. They’ve been doing all of this amazing work for 40 years. Off the back of that they want to try and raise £40k so they can keep providing their support to women and girls. Girls by the way that are as young as 13. Yes … that young, sadly.
Being upbeat and having a good time is always a great way to raise awareness as far as I’m concerned. I wrote recently about the Comedy Night they are hosting at Tyne Bank Brewery next week.
This next event is very different but oh so inspirational. Taking place again at Tyne Bank Brewery on Saturday 6th October 2018, ‘Her Story’ features nine inspiring, personal and eclectic talks from women in industries such as fashion, STEM, sport, politics and the entertainment sector.
The event aims to foreground women’s stories of success, with each speakers’ definition of success being unique. Each talk will include an opportunity for audience questions and general discussion.
I’m a massive advocate of challenging the phrase; ‘You can’t be what you can’t see’ and the speaker line up definitely enables women and girls to see what success and achievement can look like.
Dame Vera Baird DBE QC, Police and Crime Commissioner Northumbria, Julia Austin, Founder of Tyne Bank Brewery, Florence Adepoju, Cosmetic Scientist and Founder of MDM Flow, Debbie Flood, Two-time Olympic Silver Medalist and Athlete, Teleica Kirkland, Founder of Costume Institute of the African Diaspora, Laura Currer, Entrepreneur and Sexual Violence Activist, Francesca Martinez, Activist, Performer, Actor, Comedian, Chi Onwurah MP Labour Party, Kymberlee Jay, Former professional Dancer for Madonna, Nike Athlete, Entrepreneur
What a line up, huh? It’s a daytime event too – 9.30am thru 3.00pm and includes beer tasting and lunch. Errrrm what’s not to love about this?
Form an orderly queue for your tickets, please ladies!!
No seriously, please support it if you are local to Newcastle or visiting for the weekend.
The lovely people at the charity have given me a 20% discount code for my readers and followers.
You can get your tickets here. Use my code; SHARON20
If you can’t get to this event or the comedy night you can still support their work by making a donation.
There is never an excuse for sexual violence and the impact lasts much longer than the event. Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland helpline is there to listen and support. Tel 0800 035 2794.