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Over 100 people celebrate International Women’s Day at Preston’s Hindu temple

Posted on - 22nd March, 2024 - 1:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Lea, Penwortham, People, Preston Locations, Preston News, Proud Preston, South Ribble Locations
International Women's Day. Pic: Kailash Parekh
International Women’s Day. Pic: Kailash Parekh

Over 100 women of all ages and backgrounds celebrated International Women’s Day at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Preston, a sacred Hindu place of worship.

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The programme, called ‘Celebrating Women: Uplifting Communities’ focused on how everyone can be an advocate for harmony and draw inspiration from women past and present.

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The event, on March 8, saw video presentations, testimonies and a panel discussion – echoing the message “always smile and believe in yourself.”

Read more: Preston Girl Guides to mark 100 years with family fun day

Dharia Patel, a volunteer at BAPS Preston, said: “His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj regularly reminds us that we should always be striving to selflessly serve others for the greater good of the world and teaches us that unity in diversity is our biggest strength. 

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“Together, we can build bridges and foster understanding, enabling us to pave the way for making a meaningful difference and uplifting our communities. 

Hundred’s of women attended the event. Pic: Kailash Parekh

“In celebration of International Women’s Day this year, we hope this programme empowered women to take that small step and positively impact the society we live in.”

Looking at challenges faced by individuals and communities, such as the cost of living crisis, the programme looked at the significance of a positive mindset and how small acts of kindness can impact society.

Chief guests on the discussion panel were HHJ Dodd, Judge Dunlop, CEO Mel Close and Mrs Wright, headteacher at St Stephen’s School, who offered a ‘well-rounded’ perspective on positivity and community impact.

Others in attendance included Mrs Craig, Chair of Building Bridges and headteachers from Penwortham Girls’ High School and Lea Primary School.

The panel of speakers. Pic: Kailash Parekh

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