Women Together is a series of initiatives promoted by Black Country Near Neighbours

Shaz Akhtar Black Country Near Neighbours Coordinator

News update by Shaz Akhtar - TCT's Black Country Near Neighbours Coordinator

The aim of 'Women Together' is to bring women from different faith groups, ethnicities and backgrounds together in a secure and friendly environment.

This allows them to comfortably ask questions about each other’s faiths and cultures, and to break barriers through socialising. By creating opportunities to mix with others and strengthen personal relationships this initiative helps tackling prejudice and in the long term can change the mindsets of local residents.

The launch of Dudley Women Together was inspired by our successful groups Women Together Wolverhampton and Walsall Women Together. When I spoke to residents of Dudley about the success of these groups, they asked whether we could have one in Dudley. From here stemmed the planning for the launch of Dudley Women Together, which successfully brought together over 40 women on Tuesday 24th September at the Lye Community Centre in Stourbridge.

Women engaged in crafts, mehndi and lots of opportunity for some much-needed pampering! They also created a unity banner for the group and are planning to meet regularly. I worked closely with local groups of women and Turning Point Solutions and Diyya Organisation co-hosted the event.

It proved to be a wonderful morning to recognise how local women and local groups work together to create much needed pockets of change in our local neighbourhoods. Maz Qari, Manager at Turning Points Solutions and founder of Aspire Women’s network said ‘’the event created an opportunity for women to come together to connect, empower and enjoy’’.

I couldn’t agree more: it was a wonderful event! It was really inspiring to see women from diverse backgrounds engaging with each other and building longer lasting friendships. I am very excited to see how Dudley Women Together will shape itself as time goes on.