Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 39 March 2004

More than mothers…

by Kate Atkinson

International Women’s Day is coming up on 8th March and events for women are taking place to mark the occasion. However, there is room for many more, according to Burngreave residents.










Saduf Khan talking to the Messenger’s Kate Atkinson.
Saduf Khan talking to the Messenger’s Kate Atkinson.



International Women’s Day celebration

All women are invited to come and celebrate on
Friday 19th March 10am–3.30pm
at the Spectrum Centre (old Irish Centre).

Workshops on healthy eating, drugs, women’s health.

Pampering activities like massage and herbalism
are also available.

For further information contact
Chetna on 271 6978 or Fatima on 271 6971.

A limited crèche is available on a
first-come first-served basis.

For further information contact SureStart
on 278 6414.

Farzana Abduljhafoor.

“It’s hard to prevent people taking drugs because they don’t have places to spend their time.”

Farzana Abduljhafoor

The aim of International Women’s Day is to unite women all over the world from different cultural, economical and political backgrounds to promote equality and put women’s issues on the agenda.

At a recent health event at Verdon Recreation Centre, I spoke to women about issues affecting them and what International Women’s Day means to them.

Fatima Musa, Community Health and Development worker, said:


Fatima Musa.

Fatima Musa

“There is drug/khat use in the area, but people don’t talk about it openly. Women are the ones who pick up the pieces, it’s either their partners or sons who are the drug users. Local events for women can offer guidance and support.”

But drug use is only one of the issues affecting women in the area, the focus of the event to celebrate International Women’s Day (advertised below) will be wider. Saduf Khan, Parental Involvement worker from Burngreave and Firvale SureStart told me there would be workshops in the morning and pampering sessions in the afternoon. She said: “We want to encourage the women to be seen not just as mothers, but to have time for themselves and to show their full potential.”


Anhad Sharif.

“We want to do many things but we need different facilities. For example, a place to do massage or prepare different kinds of food from many countries.”

– Anhad Sharif

Farzana Abduljhafoor believes these events allow women, especially from ethnic minorities, to learn about health and beauty, food and to overcome language barriers. She said: “It’s important that women are involved in community groups and learn from them so they can help prepare themselves for work and to care for children.”

It seems however, that International Women’s Day itself is not much of an event in Burngreave; many of the women I spoke to were not aware of it. Chetna Patel of North Sheffield Primary Care Trust said: “We need to raise awareness about what it is. We say international; that means different cultures and countries, but people from different cultural backgrounds don’t know about it. One of the aims of International Women’s Day is to praise women who have fought for equality and women’s rights, but ethnic minority women do not appear to receive any of the credit.”

It seems we need more events to celebrate International Women’s Day, to give all women the chance to get involved and to get the recognition they deserve.

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