Stories celebrating the resilience of women will be read out at a book launch at The Deco theatre in Northampton
The book launch will be on Monday November and is open to members of the public.
The project, which is being delivered by Northampton Borough Council and the University of Northampton, aims to inspire local women to enter their stories of resilience into a competition to be included in a published book. It also aims to encourage women, where needed, to seek the support of services available in the town.
During the launch, which begins at 4pm, attendees will have the opportunity to listen to a few stories from the 2016 stories of resilience. They will learn about what types of stories can be submitted into the competition, including personal stories of being a refugee, surviving domestic violence or overcoming an illness or social barriers. Attendees will can also find out how they can enter their own story.
Local support organisations will also be on hand with information about their services and pupils of Rushden Academy will be giving a special performance of their online exploitation play ‘Add me’.
Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Stories of Resilience is a really exciting project, which will see local women celebrated in a book being published in time for International Women’s Day.
“As part of our activities for marking the 16 Day of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, we hope that the event will help to inspire women, highlight topical issues and sign-post vital services.
“I hope that people will join us at The Deco Theatre to show their support of the campaign and to find out more about how they can get involved in the Stories of Resilience project.”
Victoria Boulton, lecturer in social and community development at the University of Northampton, said: “The Stories of Resilience project is a fantastic opportunity to empower more women to have their voices heard and stories told. We are really pleased to see how the project has grown this year and look forward to receiving submissions to the competition.”
Free tickets to attend the launch on Monday, November 27 can be booked at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/add-me-performance-stories-of-resillience-tickets-39650106536
Visit www.northampton.gov.uk/16days to find out more about other events taking place in the town to mark 16 Days of Activism.