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Birmingham to celebrate ‘young mums’ at International Woman’s Day Event

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A group of young parents have teamed up with support workers from social business Bromford to launch a special event on Friday, 14 March at Birmingham FC’s St Andrews Stadium to mark International Woman’s Day.

Running from 11am till 2pm, the SHINE (Succeed, Healthy, Independence, Nurture, Empower) event aims to challenge stereotypes and empower young mums to think positively about themselves. The day will see a host of activities and inspirational talks, as well as numerous agencies on hand to provide advice and support for local women.

Activities will include:

  • Graffiti artist - Producing a mural of the day as well as creating individual pieces of artwork for every visitor.
  • Music - Live female singers and music throughout the day.
  • Body image demonstration - Local photographer Thom Bartley will be taking pictures of visitors and showing just how easy it is for magazines to Photoshop them to look completely different.
  • Crafts - Jewellery making demonstrations and stall.
  • Advice and support - Representatives from local housing, health, education and employment organisations will be on hand for a chat.
  • Inspirational speakers - Local women who have experienced domestic violence and young parenting will be giving talks on how they have moved on and made themselves a better life.
  • Children’s activities - Loads of children’s activities to keep young visitors entertained, all provided by a local children’s centre.

St Andrew’s is a child friendly venue, with facilities such as baby changing, breast-feeding areas and a buggy store. For more information on the event, contact senior support worker Laura Weston on 07872 191 164 or Hannah Wilson on 07515 191 338. You can follow on Twitter @2014SHINE.