MONMOUTH Women’s Festival celebrated its 14th year last week, with a programme to entertain old and new supporters of the popular event between 8th and 12th March.
The festival began on International Women’s Day last Wednesday (8th March), and was opened by Mayor of Monmouth Chris Munslow at Monmouth Museum.
The festival continued with a number of events including a talk at Bridges Centre about Women’s Rights post-Brexit in aid of the charity which supports vulnerable women, Llamau.
More than 50 people packed out the ball room in Bridges Centre to listen to Frances Beecher, CEO of Llamau, talk about the need to protect hard-fought for rights such as the right to maternity leave when we leave the European Union and to “keep fighting.”
Katie Palmer from Food Cardiff shared how her ground breaking project aimed to tackle food poverty and holiday hunger in Cardiff and Dr Sarah Lloyd-Jones spoke of the need to educate women but also to provide the right education. Julie Morgan Assembly Member for Cardiff North launched the Purple Plaque scheme which commemorates the contribution hitherto unrecognised Welsh women have made to society.
Speaking after the event Catherine Fookes, Labour County Council Candidate for Wyesham Ward said: “It was a lively and inspiring debate, showing what women can achieve when we work together. There were lots of examples in the room of people running local campaigns to make our lives better and it was inspiring.”
Su McConnel Labour County Council Candidate for Overmonnow Ward added: “We were delighted to raise much needed funds for Llamau, an important charity doing crucial work protecting vulnerable women and empowering them to rebuild their lives”
In total the event raised £177 for Llamau.
Elsewhere in the festival there were talks from crime author of ‘None So Blind’ Alis Hawkins at St Mary’s Priory Church, Monmouth, while a pop-up art exhibition on Saturday offered visitors the chance to view the work of local female artists Nette Ingram, Karina Shaw, Sian Gibbs, Caz Holbrook and Pat Handley.
The festival concluded with a special showing of the 2008 film ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the Savoy Theatre.