Be bold …. learn something new ……. canoeing along the fantastic heritage trail on the Caldon Canal
As part of the activities for the International Women's Day organised by the Stoke and North Staffs Women's Network and as an extension on this year's leitmotif "Be Bold for change", we want to encourage all women to become active and involved on a rewarding challenge, and this is a great opportunity for women to try canoeing.
Women's Heritage Canoe Trail
This year, we are recognising the 22nd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica, during which thousands of men and boys were systematically murdered, simply because they were Muslim
"As an organisation that works with Young People, we feel it is vital to commemorate Srebrenica to take a stand against hatred and discrimination that targets groups based on their religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality or any type of difference.
During the course of the conflict that took place in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1990s, between 20,000 and 50,000 women was raped, and sadly in societies all over the world, including our own, there still remains a lot of stigma around sexual violence.
This year, we are working with the charity Remembering Srebrenica to commemorate the genocide, and to reflect on the experiences of women in conflict.
This year's theme is Breaking the Silence: Gender and Genocide, you can read more about it on the website: www.srebrenica.org.uk
'As a young women, who just turned 18 years of age, I was terrified that my hometown of Cazin would be overrun just like Srebrenica was and that my mother, my friends and I would be raped and killed.
I wish that fear never to be felt by anybody again and this is why I think we need to talk about horrors of war and how quickly things can get out of hands if only we ignore the crime of hate' - says Aida Haughton, Bosnian war survivor.
As part of this Memorial, we want to recognise the strength and resilience of women who have survived conflict, and our commitment as an organisation to challenge sexism and gender based violence within our own communities.
The Memorial will be followed by a Free Community Meal, an event the YMCA NS has been proudly hosting 3rd year in a row, enabling us to get to know each other and celebrate diversity.
We hope you will join us in mourning the loss of those who died at Srebrenica, and reflecting on how we as individuals, groups and communities can come together to build a better future without hatred."