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local // lleol  Ben Lake MP with a group of local young women who will help prepare and facilitate the
       ‘Real Talk’ workshop. From left to right: Bethan Jones, Delyn Fritter, Ben Lake, Bethan Ruth and Nia Edwards-Behi.

 Celebrating International

 Women’s Day in


       The ‘Real Talk’ workshop will be hosted
       by Ben Lake and facilitated by a group
 he 8th of March is an   representatives, to proactively   To celebrate International   of local young women, including Nia
 international day of   engage with young women and   Women’s Day on the 8th of March,   Edwards-Behi:
 commemoration for   amplify the voices of young activists   I’ll be holding a world-café style   “I’m very pleased to be part of an
 Twomen and women’s   workshop aimed at young women   event like this. Women’s issues were
 rights. The day highlights both   …we have   aged 16-30 at the Coliseum Coffee   the starting point of my interest
 the victories that the women’s   House in Aberystwyth between 4.30   in politics, and it’s important to
 movement brought forth but more   to amplify   and 6pm.  remember that these issues are as
 importantly, it’s a day that brings   The aim of the ‘Real Talk’   much personal issues as they are
 into focus issues of gender, class and   the voices   workshop is to encourage young   political. The event is a brilliant
 race disparities amongst women.   of young   women to engage with political   opportunity for young women in
 While some forms of   and social issues in order to bring   the area to have their say about
 discrimination against women   activists.   about change in their lives and   what concerns them most, and
 and girls are diminishing, gender   No one has   communities. Tackling issues such   to express that to someone
 inequality continues to hold   as living wage, period poverty,   who has some power to begin
 women back and deprives them   more stake   access to mental health services and   to enact change. I hope the
 of basic rights and opportunities.   in creating a   the rural challenges facing young   event will give hope to young
 Empowering women, and young   women, I want the workshop to   women that there is a way to
 women in particular, requires   better, more   give participants the opportunity to   engage with politics without
 addressing structural issues such as   equal future   share experiences, ask questions,   directly entering that world
 unfair social norms and attitudes   challenge the status quo and offer   themselves - but, I also hope that
 as well as developing progressive   than they do.  their ideas for a better future. The   maybe the event will inspire some
 legal frameworks that promote   ultimate goal is for the group to   to involve themselves more directly
 equality between women and men.   collectively decide on a series of   in politics, in order to pave the way for
 Equality affects us all, and persistent  - no one has more stake in creating a  issues or campaigns that I can take   the changes they want to see.” Free tea,
 inequality disadvantages us all. I   better, more equal future than they   back with me to Westminster, to   coffee and cake will be provided during
 believe it to be our duty, as elected   do.  fight for on their behalf.  the event.  Nia Edwards-Behi

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