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Hosted by the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in partnership with local women’s groups and Haringey Council almost a thousand women took part in celebrating International Women’s Day (Saturday 6 March) at the weekend.

Local women got the chance to be pampered, informed, entertained, dance Salsa and even take part in comedy workshops.

Learners from the College were on hand to give makeovers and queues quickly grew as scores of women took full advantage of their opportunity to look and feel gorgeous for the day.

While Domenika Lach, Pranvera Dumani and Karolina Kulelza - who are studying Level 2 Fashion Photography Make Up - love their course because they get top tuition in making women look beautiful, Marcia Halkou - studying Level 3 Theatrical and Media Make Up - prefers the theatrical side.  Following in the footsteps of Jessie Wallace, a former student of the College who famously played Kat Moon in Eastenders, Dominika said: “I enjoy using make-up for effects like bruises and wounds – I want a career in theatre.”

Their tutor Chalene Scott, remarked: “Events like this mean our learners get the opportunity to work in real-life conditions with a wide diversity of skin types and under time pressure.  Also, we really like to take part in International Women’s Day and make women feel special for the day.”

Lynn Parker of Funny Women led comedy workshops in the morning. Three of the women she coached performed their stand-up in the afternoon at the annual Unsung Women Awards ceremony, also part of the day. Eileen Hanley won not only an award for Volunteer Caring for the Social Welfare of Haringey Irish Pensioners but also a round of applause for her skit on learning to swim at sixty and laughter on the National Health.

Workshops in painting and decorating, construction skills and fitness testing were also on offer from the College.

Charmaine Brouard, Neighbourhood Learning Coordinator for the College said: “The College has hosted the borough’s International Women’s Day celebrations for four years running.  It’s a marvellous way to work together as a community in Haringey to celebrate the many achievements of local women.”

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