In celebration of three anniversaries, as part of the Faiths United Tameside AGM on December 6th at Ashton Sixth Form College, Faiths United Tameside will hold a celebration of women, at which we would like to hear about the thoughts, needs and wishes of women of faith in Tameside and to encourage women to become active in our interfaith network.There will be an opportunity to ask questions from a panel of women of faith and to contribute to discussion.
This year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. At the time, people hoped that it would be the “war to end all war”. Yet even today, most war casualties are still women and children. (This is also true of those displaced by war). The people who declare and fight wars are still mostly men.Those who negotiate and sign peace treaties are mostly men.Yet most of those who actually do the long and painful work of rebuilding shattered lives and communities are women. It is often women of faith who engage in the hard tasks of creating and healing the relationships which protect families and communities from further conflict
2018 is the centenary of the UK Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave the vote to all men over 21 and women over 30 who owned property, and the 90th anniversary of the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928, which gave the vote and a political voice to all women over 21. UK voting rights were extended after World War One partly because the war had made people realise that change was needed, that the voices and opinions of women should be heard, and that if peace was to last, the abilities and qualities of women (such as empathy, team-work, negotiating to solve problems, and so on) needed to be brought into the world of politics and of society at large.
PLEASE NOTE: This is not a women-only event. Men are warmly welcome. However, for the part of the evening which specifically celebrates women of faith, there will be a woman only seating area, and we kindly ask that men witness the discussion and allow the women to speak uninterrupted.
The Faiths United Tameside AGM will commence after the Celebrating Women of Faith event at 19:15. People are welcome to attend but will not have voting rights. If you would like to sign up to Faiths United Tameside please speak to a member of the Committee on the night.