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Sir Jonathan North College

Sir Jonathan North College

Women's International Day 2019

From a dream of being a bio-chemist to drifting into the library profession I found myself being invited to the Houses of Parliament to celebrate International Woman’s Day 2019 by Kate Green MP.  The event was organised by The United Kingdom Women Network and Yorkshire Indian Business Network on behalf of Kate Green, MP, to recognise the work done within the community to promote Women’s  International Day. Afterwards at the networking in the Jubilee Café on the House of Commons Estate, I was able to speak about the crucial role of libraries in giving free access to cultural, social and educational resources at a grass roots level for the under privileged and venerable communities in our society. Sometimes libraries are the  only means for these communities to access information, books, revision space, meet-ups, computers and free internet.  Therefore I feel strongly that libraries should be championing issues that affect our communities in order to effect change and have influence at a local level..

Being inside the historic Houses of Parliament was awe inspiring and awesome. The architecture, the art, the ambience, the chitter chatter, meeting people from all over the world, with the Brexit debate going on in the background, made for an unforgettable experience. The International Women’s Day  conference was a humbling and motivational experience, involving discussions and networking about issues that affect our communities and the world such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, access to education and health issues. It was such a privilege to be part of this day and I look forward to continuing to contribute locally to making the world a better and safer place for young women.

Meena Vyas

SJN Library