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Church service celebrates women

The International Women’s Day Centenary (1911-2011) was commemorated at St. Andrew’s Church in Lisbon on Sunday, March 6.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2011, each year celebrated on March 8, was Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.

To give light to this theme, the invited guest speaker was Alison Sriparam, Deputy Director of the British Council in Lisbon, who spoke of the many projects and training programmes offered throughout the world by the British Council including Springboard, a women’s development programme which enables women to achieve greater recognition and influence, and to fulfil their potentials in both their work and personal lives.

She said: “The programme is pro-women but definitely not anti-men. It has been designed for women because research has shown that on personal development programmes, women succeed better in a supportive all female environment.”