Increasing democracy for young women with the Labour Party NEC Development Fund

We are extremely grateful to the Labour Party NEC Development Fund 2018 members for a very generous donation of £3,000 towards Durham Women’s Gala.  

The money is granted is from the Diversity and Democracy category of the NEC fund. Our aim is to encourage two specific groups of disenfranchised young women to register to vote and become involved in the Labour and Trade Union movement wherever possible. The groups we will be working with are young care leavers and women from minority ethnic groups.

Thanks to this donation we are developing an effective educational resource to use at the Durham Women’s Gala on Sat 30 March. It is our intention to leave a legacy of resources that will be used after the event.

We would like to thank the County Durham MPs, Labour MEPs and the leader of Durham County Council who supported our application.

The Friends of the Women’s Gala Ltd would like to thank you all for a major boost to our 2018 Durham Women’s Gala celebrating 100 years of votes for women.Votes_For_Women poster suffragette


Durham Women’s Gala set for 30 June 2018

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2018 marks 100 years since women in the UK were give the vote. Women across County Durham came together in September 2017 and agreed to organise a FREE celebration event in Wharton Park in Durham.

The date has confirmed as Saturday 30 June 2018.

For decades women in County Durham organised their own Gala. At its peak, it attracted thousands of people and saw speakers such as Barbara Castle, Jennie Lee and Harold Wilson. In this centenary year of women’s suffrage, we are bringing it back to celebrate how much women in County Durham have achieved, and to look at ahead at what must still be done.

The Women’s Gala itself will take place in Wharton Park on Saturday 30 June 2018, 12pm-4pm.

There will be speakers, live music, refreshments, crafts, mini golf, mini cars, football, women’s section banners, voter registration, and spaces for unions and not-for-profit organisations to recruit and fundraise. All are welcome regardless of gender, and families are particularly encouraged to attend. Entry will be free.


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