West Ham Labour Women marks International Women’s Day in style with Lyn Brown MP
Words by Veronica Oakeshott, Executive member of the West Ham Women’s Forum.
West Ham Labour Women’s Forum celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th with a ‘Wonderland’ of stalls and activities at Vicarage Lane, and a successful fundraiser for our sisters affected by the war in Syria.
Women’s wonderland was primarily a chance for West Ham women to enjoy each others’ company – but it also showcased Labour values to women outside the party, some of whom have since shown an interest in joining. With stalls covering issues from health, to domestic violence prevention, to the launch of a new book club, West Ham women demonstrated that we can do far more than bake a good cake (though there were many of those).
Over 60 women attended, and together we raised £165 for the ongoing work of the Women’s Forum and £103 for the International Rescue Committee, the charity run by David Miliband.
The Forum was delighted to welcome Lyn Brown MP to the event as a special guest. Women’s Wonderland was a thoroughly successful day and the feedback from the attendees could be summed up as “more please! And if possible bigger”. If you’d tried one of those cupcakes, you’d be saying the same!
Special thanks go to Seyi Akiwowo our West Ham Women’s Officer, all the West Ham Labour women volunteers, The Sheba Project, Skills Rethink, the Forest Gate WI, Pure Beauty, Healthwatch and Newham Domestic Violence Prevention for a successful day.