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Empowering women on International Women’s Day

Posted on the 1st March 2017

As part of International Women’s Day on 8 March next week, women in Lancashire are being empowered to take control of their health and sexual health is no exception.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Contraception and Sexual Health service (CaSH) is marking the day with events across Lancashire to talk to women about the importance of looking after their sexual health. International Women’s Day is held on 8 March every year as a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Anji Stokes from the Contraception and Sexual Health Service at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is Be Bold For Change. The day is all about celebrating the achievements of women and empowering them. We are calling on women to take charge of their sexual health, access appropriate contraception and actively plan families with our help. Left untreated, some sexually transmitted infections can have serious long term effects. If women have concerns, then they need to be bold and access the sexual health services that we offer; they need to look after their health now and for the future.

“Lancashire Care’s CaSH service seeks to celebrate the achievements of women. We are working towards empowering women by improving contraception choices for women, improving access to long acting reversible contraception, empowering women to plan families, encouraging women to take responsibility for their sexual health, and allowing women to access appropriate services to ensure positive health and wellbeing is maintained.”

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. As part of the day’s celebrations, members of the public are being called on to submit a ‘BeBoldforChange’ pledge via the International Women’s Day website.

Members of the CaSH team will also be attending events on the day at Lancaster and Morecambe College, Burnley College and a Ladies Day that has been organised by the U Night group at Disability Equality North West, Church Street, Preston, between 1-4pm.

To contact your local CaSH team, book an appointment or find out about ‘drop-ins,’ call 01772 401140. There are clinics in various locations and different session times across Lancashire. To find out more about services in your area, visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/cash-lancashire.