The first two weeks of March saw a variety of activities across the College designed to celebrate International Women’s Day.
At the unique women-only campus, Golden Hillock, students were encouraged to participate in a variety of activities, each designed to inspire women in some way. These included inspirational speakers, dance and cricket taster sessions, mindfulness and alternative health and wellbeing workshops and much more. The event also offered the opportunity for sector professionals and members of the community to provide information to women who may not be able to access it elsewhere, for example informational talks on topics such as knife crime and domestic violence and insights into various careers like business and public services.
Digbeth campus hosted a female-only live music event. The event was hosted by a music production student Natalie Ajibade, who brought together six music students to perform and manage the technical set up. The students sang a diverse range of songs ranging from a Romanian song, to a strong country track. They performed individually and as duets as well as some playing the guitar to accompany their performance.
The students at Bordesley Green campus celebrated the day with a host of workshops, seminars and fun activities. These included ‘have a go’ sessions, such as art, saree wrap techniques, science and technology, business, mindfulness and yoga. Women’s football tournament also took place during the event, culminating in a trophy awarded to the winning team.
Bournville College in Longbridge opened its doors to over 30 female pupils from Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School and Yardley School, interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. They heard from a geologist guest speaker before taking part in a variety of workshops, such as keyring making, coding and finger print recognition.
Councillor Yvonne Mosquito, who attended the events at Golden Hillock and Bordesley Green, addressed the students: “You are so lucky to have these powerful, inspirational women talk to you today. They do so much amazing work in their communities and you can learn so much from them and the opportunities that the college has offered you today.”
Mike Hopkins, Principal, commented: “We are delighted to see hundreds of students enjoy the activities organised by team members which celebrate International Women’s day. We are passionate about ensuring full equality for all students and our workforce. As a college 67% of our managers are women and Golden Hillock is one of the few colleges in the UK with a Women’s only centre. Today highlights our drive to support and inspire our students to achieve their dreams and ambitions.”