Downpatrick Pupils Celebrate International Women’s Day

Over 250 women gathered at Titanic Belfast’s annual International Women’s Day celebrations, and pupils from Down High and St Patrick’s Grammar School were there rubbing shoulders alongside industry leaders.

This is the fifth time Titanic Belfast has hosted ‘Inspire’ celebrations which aim to inspire young women to unite together as sisters and press for progress around the world.

The event, which is now an established event on the Titanic Belfast calendar, has had significant speakers over the years.  This year, pupils were introduced to UTV’s Denise Watson, Titanic Belfast CEO Judith Owens, engineer, scientist and performer Dr. Niamh Shaw, Mel Wiggins MBE and Abi Wells on behalf of Baobab Trust’s Woman to Woman Project. The event was supported by women from across the fields of business, community and creativity who gave their time to host the young women and be their mentors for the day.


Pupils from the Down High School and St Patrick’s Grammar School attended the International Women’s Day event at Titantic Belfast.


Each speaker spoke to the pupils about ‘Sisterhood’, and encouraged the pupils to ‘Press for Progress’ to advance women’s potential worldwide, alongside the International Women’s Day theme worldwide.

Judith Owens, Titanic Belfast’s Chief Executive, said: “Over the last five years, we have now welcomed over  700 young women from schools and colleges across Northern Ireland to celebrate International Women’s Day.

“At Titanic Belfast, we are proud and passionate about education outside the classroom and hope that this event has sparked new ideas, enterprise and passion amongst young women to press for progress in their own spheres and contribute to the advancement of women locally and nationally.”

In addition to the Inspire Conference, Titanic Belfast will host a community art exhibition from 7th March to 31st March, celebrating sisters.

The event is just one of Titanic Belfast’s Learning team’s offering. Its education programme is recognised as a leading learning resource nationally and has welcomed over 150,000 participants since opening in 2012. Titanic Belfast’s Learning Programme is supported by the Survitec Group, a leading manufacturer of marine, defense and aerospace survival technology. It has been working with Titanic Belfast as its education partner since 2014.

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