Gabz performs in Stevenage for International Women’s Day

Gabz Gardiner performs

Gabz Gardiner performs - Credit: Archant

A performance by Britain’s Got Talent finalist Gabz and a protest over violence against women will be held this weekend as part of International Women’s Day today (Saturday.

International Women’s Day was first marked in 1911 and celebrates women’s economic, political and social achievements. It also recognises the political, social and human rights struggles of women worldwide.

The charity Women for Women International encourages women to stand on a bridge to protest about the violence shown against women, and for the past three years women have stood on the bridge linking Stevenage Railway Station with the town.

On Saturday, people will gather on the bridge between noon and 2pm.

Event organiser Brenda Lowe said: “Women’s equality has made positive gains but the world is still unequal. International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action.”

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On Sunday, from 11am until 3pm, there will be an event in Town Square, Stevenage, which will celebrate women’s opportunities and achievements.

There will be live entertainment, headlined by Britain’s Got Talent finalist Gabz. The teenage singer-songwriter, who lives in Stevenage and attends The Nobel School in the town, reached the top 10 in the Official Singles Chart with her first record Lighters (The One).

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At the event, which is being organised by Stevenage World Forum, there will also be information about a wide range of health and social care issues of interest to women, as well as information about educational and leisure opportunities available in Stevenage.

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