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Deeds not words for new community organisation

Hot on the heels of its launch on International Women’s Day, Equality Matters Marple put on its first free event in Marple.

The brand new community organisation hosted a member of the parliamentary education team as part of their celebrations of a century since some women got the vote.

Equality Matters Marple was set up by a group of residents who wanted to celebrate women’s achievements in the past and present. The group also aims to encourage women to take part in our democracy and to organise opportunities for the community to engage with equality matters.

It was with this aim in mind that the group invited Gary Hart, Senior Community Outreach and Engagement Officer at the Houses of Parliament, to present a talk about the history of the suffragettes and how women gained the vote and continue to be represented in parliament.  

A sell-out crowd came to listen to Mr Hart at Marple Methodist Church on March 21st. He told the story of how women won the right to vote and put the audience through their paces with a fiendishly difficult quiz about how parliament works. Attendees described the event as “inspiring” and “informative”.

As part of the evening, Equality Matters Marple chair Karen Webber explained the aims of the organisation and outlined some of the events that are already being planned. These include an exhibition at Marple library in the summer about the role of women during World War 1, presented in collaboration with the Imperial War Museum. Secretary Margaret Hayes has been working with Marple Local History Society to uncover related stories about Marple women in World War 1, which will form part of the exhibition.

“We are very excited to bring this very special exhibition to Marple as part of our work to promote equality and celebrate the achievements of women, past and present,” said Karen. “We have lots more ideas and would love to collaborate with other local groups and institutions who shared the aims of Equality Matters Marple.”

Anyone can join Equality Matters Marple by visiting their website to sign up. Annual membership is £5, which will enable the group to put together a great programme of free events throughout 2018, and gets members early access to events tickets, discounts on merchandise and invitations to members’ meetings and events. It is also hoped that members will help shape the direction of the group.

Visit the Equality Matters Marple website to find out more and sign up.