A group of women from Smethwick of all faiths and none have been working together to plan the Women First project. Often a lot of formal Interfaith work is attended predominately by men. The Women First Planning group wanted to run a project that would bring women of all faiths together, especially women who wouldn’t usually attend an Interfaith Meeting. With the support of our partners, Black Country Near Neighbours, a planning group of local women came together. The group decided to run a craft and coffee morning to give local women the chance to get to know each other over informal activities.
The event was well attended with women from Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Christian and no faith background taking part. Especially popular was the “Craftivisim” activity which involved embossing cardboard garlands with the paperclip symbol.
Following the success of the day an application has been made to Near Neighbours to run regular Women First craft days and a celebration for International Women’s Day.
“No matter who we are, where we come from, what our beliefs, how we dress, we are women first”
Story from Black Country NN Coordinator - Ruth Burgess