International Women’s Day Chats | Keighley

Well we arrived at Keighley Airedale Centre for this International Women’s Day Event. International Women’s Day is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The focus of the event in Keighley was equality. We were invited by Keighley Highfield Community Association

So, we arrived, and found our space in and amongst the other activities, stalls and information. There was a quirky photo-booth near one of the entrances. Getaway Girls run this booth and it raises money for their project. People could choose props for their four photos and then have them digitally printed for you right there on the spot! We were based quite nearby, next to the question of the day.

What does equality mean to you?

This provoked a range of answers which artist Tom Bailey represented in drawings and words. Equality is being able to do traditional men’s jobs as a woman, and vice versa. Equality is being providing people with the things they need so that we get the same things. This could be access to education, ability to earn a good living. For others its being bale to wear whatever clothes make them feel good, or giving confidence to their children to know that they can do anything.

We asked many other questions. Here’s a few of them…

What makes you feel good?

What this makes me think of is cup of tea or coffee in the morning. Sitting there, with nothin to worry about, a blue sky, sunshine with some good music playing.

Who is the enemy?

Simple. It’s our government. I’m a carer. The government have just chosen to call me and other really skilled workers unskilled. I object. I mean its not unskilled to be a chef or a midwife and sorry no, its not unskilled to be in the caring profession. For me it is and has always been a calling. It is what I was born to do. How dare they call what I do unskilled! I mean I think that it’s those bankers at fault. What do they do of real value? Trouble is we as a country look at what someone earns as the key value in their worth.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Best advice I can give is relaxant breathe deeply. If I see a bus coming and I might miss it, I don’t worry. I just think relax, another will be along in a short time. Mine would be not to judge other people and be kind to them, because you don’t know what’s going on in their lives. I would say that you can’t always look for similarities and what makes us the same to unite people. We have to celebrate our differences and allow ourselves and others to disagree.

If you could have a superpower, what super power would you have?

Invisibility coat. Ooh I’d love to freeze time. Teleportation so I’d never have to wait for a bus again. I’d like to read minds and know what other people think and feel.

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