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International Women's Day celebrated at Newham College

PUBLISHED: 11:09 09 March 2017 | UPDATED: 13:41 09 March 2017

Cllr Lakmini Shah with some of the people presented with a certificate and flowers in recognition of their commitment and dedication to community work. (Pictures: Andrew Baker)

Cllr Lakmini Shah with some of the people presented with a certificate and flowers in recognition of their commitment and dedication to community work. (Pictures: Andrew Baker)

Andrew Baker

The contribution women from across Newham have made to society has been celebrated with a special event.

A Dhol drummer entertains those who attended the eventA Dhol drummer entertains those who attended the event

Around 400 people gathered at Newham College’s East Ham campus to mark International Women’s Day with a series of speeches, performances and readings.

Fifteen women were also presented with a certificate and flowers by Cllr Lakmini Shah, cabinet member for work and skills and domestic violence, in recognition of their commitment and dedication to community work.

These included Belinda Ngugi, the community leader at St Mark’s Church, Beckton and the deputy chair of Newham National Childbirth Trust; Reverend Nicola Vidamour, a Methodist church priest and chair of the Faith Matters Women’s Forum; Sui Fan Wan Leung, the chair of the Newham Chinese Association; and Newham College principal Di Gowland for her commitment to education and training.

Cllr Shah said: “This event has helped highlight the strength and depth of the contribution women from across Newham have made to our society.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, with some of the people who attended the eventThe Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, with some of the people who attended the event

“This borough has a proud history of talented women from many walks of life who through their passion and actions have made a difference.

“As well as celebrating the role of women in shaping our communities, I truly hope this event has helped inspire other women to follow in their footsteps and achieve their ambitions.”

Yesterday’s event, organised by Newham Council, was one of several to take place in the borough to mark International Women’s Day.

An exhibition of work from female artists is taking place at Stratford Circus Arts Centre until 1.30pm today, while Made in Dagenham will be screened at Stratford library from 6pm tomorrow.

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