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A selection of prominent Lochaber women and girls will take to the airwaves on Nevis Radio on Monday, as part of events to mark International Women’s Day.
Teenage climate activist and Lochaber Times columnist Holly Gillibrand, mountain bike star Mikayla Parton, local MSP and Scottish Government Finance Secretary Kate Forbes will join Marsha Scott, CEO of Scottish Women’s Aid on March 8 in conversation for the special programme being hosted by Lochaber Women’s Aid (LWA).
The programme is part of a nationwide virtual event focusing on the front line role of women across Scotland in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organised by the Scottish Women’s Convention and the Scottish Parliament, it will take place in the Scottish Parliament’s ‘virtual chamber’.
Women of all ages and from across Scotland are being invited to sign up for this free event and to listen to a line-up of interesting and engaging speakers, who have all played vital roles in the fight against coronavirus.
A spokesperson for the Fort William-based charity told us:’ We at Lochaber Women’s Aid are really pleased to hear that this event is taking place virtually. The past year has been one of uncertainty and huge challenges for many women and girls.
‘Yet, they have continued to perform their roles working in supermarkets, in care homes, in social care, schools, youth work, emergency services and as unpaid carers.
‘Covid has meant that we are not able to celebrate International Women’s Day with any form of gathering, so we have adapted, and we will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a virtual Lochaber Violence Against Women coffee morning.
‘This will bring partners from the public, private and voluntary sectors together to recognise the valuable contributions made by women and girls to our economic and social well-being.
‘We will also be hosting the Nevis Radio afternoon show (1-4pm) on March 8, when we will be chatting to some inspirational women and girls, including Holly Gillibrand, Mikayla Parton, Kate Forbes MSP and Marsha Scott, CEO of Scottish Women’s Aid – all women who prove that where there’s a will, there’s a way!
‘During the show we will also be giving a ‘shout out’ to women and girls who, during the past year, have gone out of their way to help others and support each other and their wider communities.’
Anyone can show solidarity and support for women and girls by wearing purple on International Women’s Day. Further information can be found on the LWA website www.lochaberwomensaid.org and Facebook page.
The national online event will take place from 6-8pm, the event is free to attend and can be accessed at: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/international-womens-day-2021-tickets-136593893011