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Age UK Barnet celebrates International Women's Day

Published on 12 March 2018 01:19 PM

Bollywood dancing from Barnet Asian Women's Association

Our International Women’s Day event was a huge success last week – over 60 people attended, enjoying a day of inspiring women speakers, dance and music from around the world plus a wonderful international lunch.

‘The Bollywood dancing went down a storm,’ says Age UK Barnet’s Helen Newman. ‘We also enjoyed ballroom dancing, a good old sing-along, plus an amazing piano recital from Japanese pianist Taeko.’

We were lucky to be joined by inspirational women from Barnet who shared their experiences and what they are doing to improve the lives of women in Barnet.

Magda Halota enlightened us about Polish traditions – in fact, women’s day is a national holiday in Poland and is a celebration of women’s efforts and achievements.

Councillor Alison Moore spoke about what the Labour party has done for women and her colleague Cllr. Zakia Zubairi shared her experiences of living in Pakistan and female oppression. Councillor Anne Hutton talked about a new mentoring scheme to provide skills and knowledge to women in Barnet who may need help to move on to the next level in their lives.

alison moore taeko helen and carolyn women's day participants leo and dorothy

From top to bottom, counsellor Alison Moore; Japanese pianist Taeko; our very own Helen and Carolyn; Winnie and Olive; Leo, Dorothy and Pat
If  you are interested in sharing your skills and volunteering on the new women’s mentoring scheme, please contact counsellor Anne Hutton on 020 8444 7611 or email The scheme needs people to help with anything from writing a CV and letter writing to computer skills and practice interviews. To find out more you can also come to the Ann Owens centre on Thursday 22 March at 10am.