Women celebrate their day in style

Mental Health Nurse, Maureen Bakare, resplendent in her stunning Nigerian outfit, which included an amazing piece of headgear called a Gele. Maureen had some spare material and made an impromptu Gele for Domestic, Alessandra Salemi.
Mental Health Nurse, Maureen Bakare, resplendent in her stunning Nigerian outfit, which included an amazing piece of headgear called a Gele. Maureen had some spare material and made an impromptu Gele for Domestic, Alessandra Salemi.

Two Oxleas wards came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on Wednesday 8 March.

Staff and residents from the Bracton Centre’s Joydens and Heath clinics got together for a fabulously colourful lunchtime gathering of food, fashion, poetry and music. The Bracton Centre is the trust’s medium secure mental health unit.

The event was organised by Joydens Therapeutic Working Day Coordinator (TWDC), Julie Manning and Heath TWDC, Emily Manners. Julie said: “Residents and staff have worked extremely hard since just after Christmas to make this day a success. Residents did all the invitations and posters for today and I can’t praise them highly enough.

“It was good to team up with Heath as this year the theme of IWD is - connecting girls, inspiring futures.” Julie presented Emily with a framed montage of inspiring women to hang in what will soon be a refurbished Health Clinic.

Mental Health Nurse, Maureen Bakare, was resplendent in her stunning Nigerian outfit, which included an amazing piece of headgear called a Gele. Maureen had some spare material and made an impromptu Gele for domestic worker, Alessandra Salemi to wear. Another drop dead gorgeous fashionista included Clinical Occupational Therapist, Felicia Ajayi, who was sporting another stunning gown.

Resident talents were on show too. Karon recited her own work a poem called ‘I Celebrate’. The first verse reads:

I celebrate Women’s Day

And the joining of hands

After each early rise

After meeting many demands

And another resident showed off her singing talents by singing along to the classic Bill Withers rendition of Harry Nilsson’s unforgettable ‘Lean on Me’.

As guests left the celebrations they were ask to donate to charity to help raise funds for Oxfam.

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Published on 8th March 2012