Female feticide discussed at Newbury Park International Women’s Day event

"International Women's Day: inspirational speakers, achievement celebrations, raffle and fun to comm

"International Women's Day: inspirational speakers, achievement celebrations, raffle and fun to commemorate the challenges of being alive as women. - Credit: Archant

Women remembered victims of female feticide as they marked International Women’s Day on Sunday.

"International Women's Day: inspirational speakers, achievement celebrations, raffle and fun to comm

"International Women's Day: inspirational speakers, achievement celebrations, raffle and fun to commemorate the challenges of being alive as women. - Credit: Archant

About 120 members of the Sikh Women’s Alliance gathered at restaurant Masala 910 in Eastern Avenue, Newbury Park, to talk about patriarchy in Asian society and foetuses that are aborted because they are female.

The group held a minutes silence in memory of all unborn babies aborted because of their gender.

Chairwoman Balvinder Saund said: “It’s concerning that women still have long way to go to get equality in patriarchal Asian societies.”

She added: “Everyone was reminded to be the voice for the voiceless and stand up for women’s rights to freedom and aspirations of their own.”


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Speaker Paramjit Kaur Matharu also talked about breaking glass ceilings to become a director at bank JP Morgan before Dr Harcharan Kaur Saggu spoke about the biography she had written documenting the life of philanthropist Bibi Balwant Kaur Soor MBE, who set up two gurdwaras in the UK.

Visit sikhwomensalliance.com for more information.

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