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Join in the celebrations for International Women’s Day 2019

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Residents and communities are being invited to join in this year’s celebration of International Women’s Day 2019 on 8 March.

As part of the annual event that celebrates the contribution of women in our society, there are free activities taking place in libraries, schools, colleges and local community centres across the borough.

Some of the events planned include a talk at Surbiton Library by journalist and author Rachel Cooke; a fun and interactive digital games session at Hook and Chessington Library; featured talks by Nicolle Anderson, co-owner of company ‘Business Clan’ and Adrienne Gibson led by Kingston Chamber of Commerce, female poetry and music at the Lamb pub in Surbiton as well as a student display of ‘women in conflict’ at Kingston University.

This year’s campaign theme is ‘Balance for Better’ which is a call-to-action to drive gender balance across the world and help forge a more gender-balanced world.

Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, said:

“We have some great events planned to mark the day and I would encourage everyone to join in the celebrations. Women have an important part to play in today's society. I am proud that Kingston Council has a female majority, one of only a handful of councils, and where the majority of leadership positions are held by female councillors."

What’s on in Kingston:

Thursday, 7 March (7-8pm)
Surbiton Library, Ewell Road, Surbiton, KT6 6AG
A talk by Rachel Cooke, journalist and author of the book: ‘Her Brilliant Career - Ten Extraordinary Women of the Fifties’ which looks back at a time when women's lives were undergoing amazing changes. It challenges our perception of the 1950s being a dull and domestic time for women. No need to book, just turn up.

Friday, 8 March (10am-12pm)
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) - Hillcroft College, 12 South Bank, Surbiton, KT6 6DW 
Featured talks by Nicolle Anderson, co-owner of the all-female professional services company ‘Business Clan’ and Adrienne Gibson about courageous leadership and the impact it has in business and in life, being hosted by The Kingston Chamber of Commerce. More information and how to book: www.kingstonchamber.co.uk/events/international-womens-day-seminar

Friday, 8 March, (11am-12pm) 
‘Women and War’ Room JG1008, Kingston University London, Penrhyn Road Campus, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2EE
An event showcasing work undertaken by undergraduate students within the Politics Department at the university including exploring research that examines various historical roles of women in in conflict as well as a series of short presentations, followed questions and answer time. No need to book, just turn up. More information: www.kingston.ac.uk/faculties/faculty-of-business-and-social-sciences/schools/law-social-behavioural-sciences/department-politics

Friday, 8 March (10.45am-1.30pm)
Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC), Hillcroft College, 12 South Bank, Surbiton, KT6 6DW
This free event features activities and talks from three inspirational ex-learners from the women’s educations programme about their experiences and how they have overcame challenges. More information and how to book: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-tickets-55587851761

Friday, 8 March (2.30-3.30pm for adults, 3.45-4.45pm for families) 
Hook and Chessington Library, 13 Hook Road, Chessington, KT9 1EJ
Come along to try out some games using your phone, tablet, or one of our library tablets that were designed by women or have a female lead character. Staff will be on hand to help install apps onto your phone. No need to book, just turn up.

Saturday, 9 March (3-11pm)
The Lamb Pub, 73 Brighton Road, Surbiton, KT6 5NF
Organised by community organisation The Community Brain, there will be a line up of female poetry and music artists. No need to book, just turn up. More information on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/614197309042926

Saturday, 9 March (10am-2pm)
Hook and Southborough Parish Hall, Hook Road, Chessington, KT9 1PF
A family fun day for community networking, free refreshments, bike maintenance, informal singing sessions for adults and families. No need to book, just turn up.

Notes to editors:

Further events are invite only and include the formal opening of the new all weather pitch in Canbury Park for local residents and London Fire Brigade "be a firefighter" taster sessions for 15-18 year old female students from local schools.

The celebrations will close with an event at Kingston University on Sunday, 10 March which will feature an introduction by Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council, followed by short inspirational stories from a panel of women.