Organisers prepare for International Women's Day in Plymouth
WOMEN in the city are preparing to mark International Women's Day with a mix of culture, debate and education.
Women from all walks of life are set to attend the special event on Friday, organised by the Soroptimist International Plymouth and District Group.
Plymouth University is supporting the event at the Roland Levinsky Building which will include everything from science and technology to women's health and beauty.
Beth Levinsky, widow of former Plymouth University vice chancellor Roland Levinsky, will open the event which runs from 10am to 4pm.
There will be talks throughout the day about thought-provoking and tough topics.
Professor Andy Phippen will be discussing 'sexting' and safety in the media; Gary Wallace will look at drug and alcohol awareness and Katy Bradshaw will discuss issues surrounding domestic abuse.
There will also be more light-hearted fun with Zumba demonstrations, a performance from the Mayflower Ladies Barbershop Singers and Chakra bellydance performances.
Sylvia Bedbrook, publicity officer for the Plymouth and District Branch of the Soroptimist International group, said: "Every woman matters and that is what we are trying to get across. It's about changing the lives of women and girls and we want to encourage as many women as possible to get involved.
"Women can come along and meet new people and even find some new interests or hobbies." There will be a variety of exhibitors at the event, including the Women's Institute, SEEDS (Survivors of Domestic Violence) and WINGS (the Women Inspiring Networking Group).
Soroptimist International is an organisation of women from a variety of occupations and businesses. The group meet to discuss, debate and raise awareness of topics of national and international importance.
There are currently 43 members in the Plymouth group who meet twice a month.
Joani Stansell, a member of the Plymouth and District branch of the Soroptimist International group, said: "I think for women our age it's easy to become a bit isolated."
"There's a lot of serious stuff going on in Plymouth and we do have an influence, if someone has a problem we can help."
For more information visit www.plymsorop.org.uk.