BCHA and J.P. Morgan will come together to host a programme of International Women’s Day 2022 activities in Bournemouth Square on March 8 to support a sponsored Big Sleep Out event. This event will see colleagues from these organisations go on to sleep outside in Bournemouth Square to raise funds and awareness of domestic abuse, violence against women, bias and discrimination on International Women’s Day.
BREAK THE BIAS – Everyone is invited to attend a programme of International Women’s Day 2022 activities in Bournemouth Square on March 8 to raise funds and awareness of domestic abuse, violence against women, bias and discrimination on International Women’s Day. Seen here are Rio Argent, BCHA Senior Practitioner for Bournemouth Women’s Refuge and Lottie Forte, Senior Associate in Community Relations at J.P. Morgan, displaying crossed arms to show solidarity to the IWD 2022 #BreakTheBias theme.
Charitable Housing Association BCHA with the support of J.P. Morgan, will host an open afternoon and evening of guest speakers, poetry, yoga, music, and meditation to recognise and celebrate the barriers encountered and overcome.
International Women’s Day - #IWD22 - is a global event to commemorate the cultural, political and socio-economic achievements of women. This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias to encourage a gender equal world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination.
The organisations will also be running letter writing workshops prior to the event under the theme #LoveFromMe, encouraging women to write letters to themselves offering support and wisdom to empower and free them emotionally from events they have faced during their lives.
Rio Argent, BCHA Senior Practitioner for Bournemouth Women’s Refuge said: “Our International Women’s Day event is about supporting and celebrating women and recognising how far they have come with the obstacles they may have faced and what they have achieved.
“It will be a place to enjoy stunning poetry and empowering letters, music and yoga and also somewhere for quiet reflection by candlelight to pause and reflect on individuals’ journeys and the adversity they may have faced.
“My colleagues from Bournemouth and Poole’s domestic abuse services will also be on hand to offer advice and support to women who are currently experiencing abuse, bias and/or discrimination in any form. BCHA operate the refuges locally so we are here to help.”
She continued: “All sponsorship money raised by our Big Sleep Out will go towards the refuges, including installing a family shepherd’s hut for our Bournemouth refuge customers to use as a creative quiet space. We are so grateful to J.P. Morgan which has already donated funds towards this project, as well as supporting the Big Sleep Out event.”
Lottie Forte, Senior Associate in Community Relations at J.P. Morgan, said: “J.P. Morgan is committed to empowering all women, whether that’s our employees or in local communities around the world. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and support BCHA in delivering a meaningful event within our local community on such an important day.”
Timings for activities during the International Women’s Day event will be confirmed closer to March 8 via social media and the BCHA website.
We would encourage anyone who wishes to support this event to come and visit the activities in the afternoon and evening of March 8 in Bournemouth Square and/or sponsor the Big Sleep Out via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bchabigsleepout
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