CHWARAE Teg, Wales’ leading gender equality charity will hold a multicultural event in Wrexham today to mark International Women’s Day.

Wrexham residents including members of the Polish and Portuguese communities will come together at Ty Pawb to explore a range of “P” word issues that influence women’s ability to reach their full potential.

From ‘periods to pensions’, the day will provide an opportunity to learn more about subjects which affect women from all walks of life. The event will also look at how greater equality can help Wales thrive and how economic, social and cultural barriers can be overcome.

Guest speakers will include Nikki Giant, Plan International, Simone McClaughlin, Work 180, Australia and Kate Russell, Equality and Human Rights Commission. There will also be workshops focussing on police services, positive thinking and providing support to trans people.

Local Wrexham poet Evrah Rose and other artists will perform and locally produced Polish and Portuguese food will be available throughout the day.

Cerys Furlong, Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg, said: “I’m sure everyone attending will be able to take something beneficial away with them. International Women’s Day is a great way to celebrate the tremendous achievements of women but it is also an opportunity to look at what more there is to be done in the future, to ensure women reach their potential is all areas of life.

“There is a huge economic benefit to be harnessed if we address the inequalities we see across Wales with women underrepresented in public life and our workplaces and still at greater risk of poverty, harassment and abuse.”

“Events like today’s can help us prioritise action to deliver gender equality in a Wales where our economy and society can thrive.”