Barry Town Council celebrates International Women’s Day 2024

International Women’s day is a global celebration marking the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equity, with the theme for 2024 being #InspireInclusion.

Barry Town Council celebrated its own International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March organising a Coffee Morning at Cemetery Approach Community Centre.

The morning began with a welcome from the Mayor of Barry, Cllr Ian Johnson, followed by talks from the Chief Officer (Town Clerk) Emily Forbes, Nia Tyler, Ayshea Martyn and the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe.

Attendees listened to stories of local women’s bravery, adversity, challenge, shattering glass ceilings, achievements and progress made, as well as the recognition that there is always more we can do. Attendees took part in a fun and informative quiz about women in history, positive and motivating quotes for everyone to take home, exceptional music performance from artist Nia Tyler and a raffle to contribute towards the Mayor’s chosen charities: Mind in the Vale and 2Wish.

When we inspire others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world, and when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance and empowerment. In fact, back in 1974, the first Town Clerk of Barry Town Council was a woman and moving into our 50th year, our current Town Clerk (Chief Officer) is too, as is much of the Council’s political leadership. We will continue to celebrate women and work together towards a more equal Barry.