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#InternationalWomensDay2018: Multi-faith women’s network celebrate in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 11:30 15 March 2018

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett joins members of the Ilford Punjabi Centre to celebrate the Holi Festival and International Women's Day

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett joins members of the Ilford Punjabi Centre to celebrate the Holi Festival and International Women's Day

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Dozens women from the borough’s Punjabi community came together to celebrate International Women’s Day in Ilford.

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett joins members of the Ilford Punjabi Centre to celebrate the Holi Festival and International Women's DayThe Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett joins members of the Ilford Punjabi Centre to celebrate the Holi Festival and International Women's Day

Seventy-five women from Gants Hill Women’s Interfaith Network gathered at the Tabla Restaurant, in High Road, on March 7.

Among the three guest speakers attendees were treated to was the Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Linda Huggett.

One the topics of discussion was the legacy of Sikh Princess Sophia, granddaughter of Maharaja Ranjit Singh who ruled in the northwest Indian subcontinent in the 19th century.

The princess fought for women’s voting rights.

Dr Sudarshan Kapur, who has chaired the network for nine years, said: “All the three speakers were very empowering.

“They inspired us a lot.”

After a three course meal, the guests enjoyed two hours of dancing and singing to a DJ.

IWD, celebrated since the early 1900’s, is a call to action for gender equality with this years’ theme titled “#PressforProgress.”


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