Thursday 8th March 2018 – ODARA is planning an exciting and insightful programme of events in Birmingham for women of all faiths and backgrounds this International Women’s Day.

The spa and wellbeing centre for women will be hosting an International Women’s Day Conference on 8th March at the South & City College for over 100 of its students.

The theme of the conference is ‘empowerment and inspiration’, and aims to celebrate women as positive role models in society and everyday life.

The day promises to be thought provoking with inspirational talks from the Lord Mayor, Ann Underwood and members of Birmingham City Council.

The conference will include a further talk led by Odara’s CEO Aysha Iqbal who will focus on her personal story, obstacles she has overcome in order to take a leading role in her community, driving her to set up Odara; a centre that offers support and advice to women from the local community.

Aysha Iqbal said: “It is so important to celebrate local women – wives, mothers, sisters, daughters – taking on life’s obstacles with strength and confidence.

 “Through my work at Odara, I meet so many different women tackling everyday issues who don’t realise how inspiring they are. This International Women’s Day, I want to reinforce the idea that we are all able to achieve what we set our minds to whether it’s running our own businesses, looking after our families and taking control of our lives – and be the support to ourselves and other women around us.

 “A positive mind set is crucial, and it’s so important to realise that we need to take time out to look after and develop ourselves. It’s only then that we can start to be the difference we want to see in the world.”

This will be the second year that Odara has hosted the event to inspire and equip local students with the confidence and thinking they need to overcome everyday obstacles.

The event will be followed by an International Women’s Day party in April, celebrating women from different cultures from around the world with a fashion show, food, party games, henna, dancing and inspiring speeches from local spokespeople.


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