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Sikh group host ‘inspirational’ women’s day in Ilford

PUBLISHED: 16:16 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:17 15 October 2015

Speakers at the event held at Karamsar Community Centre, High Road, Ilford. Picture: Sikh Women's Alliance

Speakers at the event held at Karamsar Community Centre, High Road, Ilford. Picture: Sikh Women's Alliance

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A Sikh group championing female empowerment held an event to explore women’s issues through talks and workshops.

The Sikh Women’s Alliance held its International Day of the Girl Child event at Karamsar Community Centre, High Road, Ilford, hosting talks on equal rights, domestic violence and honour crime in the community.

Guests got the chance to break up into groups and discuss women’s rights as part of the United Nations (UN) day to recognise challenges faced by women and girls around the world.

The group’s chairwoman Balvinder Saund said: “There was about 100 people at the event – men and women.

“We had speakers talking about different subjects, including everything from female infanticide to domestic violence.”

She added: “We broke up into groups and we looked at how to break the gender gap because we need to make a change.”

Mrs Saund, who works as a magistrate, said the day went “very well” and that it was “really inspirational”. “People were really engaged,” she said.


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