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Dorchester market stall used to help launch Oxfam campaign
SUPPORT is building for a campaign to mark Inter-national Women’s Day after a successful launch event in Dorchester.
Oxfam’s Get Together campaign aims to encourage local men and women to hold events on March 8 to mark International Women’s Day and raise money to support women living in poverty across the world.
To get the ball rolling and share ideas, campaigners held an event at Dorchester market for people to come along and enjoy lemonade and cakes and find out more about the project.
Elsie Bryant from Oxfam said the event was well attended and the refreshments were provided by The Dorset Catering Company.
She said: “It was fantastic, we had lots of people coming along to find out more about the Get Together Campaign and quite a few people sign up, which was great.
“The cakes went down a treat and there were none left.
“It was a massive variety of people, quite a lot of mums with their children, and I think a lot of women were really interested in finding out more about Inter-national Women’s Day as well and they understood why the campaign was needed.”
The campaign, which has the support of West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin, urges people to hold any sort of get together they can think of, such as cocktail evenings, movie nights, quizzes or coffee mornings.
Oxfam hopes to transform the lives of women all over the world who are experiencing poverty, discrimination, domestic violence or a lack of education through the Get Together Campaign.
Its projects so far range from helping girls access schools in Burkina Faso to supporting women famers in Ethiopia to become entrepreneurs and provide for their families.
Last year thousands of people took part in the Get Together Campaign and Oxfam is hoping even more men and women get involved in 2013.
For more information about Oxfam Get Together for International Women’s Day visit www.oxfam.org.uk/gettogether.