A promise tree has been unveiled at one of Hull’s busiest shopping centres to support female empowerment as part of the Women of the World (WoW) Festival this weekend.
WoW is a rapidly expanding global movement with festivals taking place on five continents from Pakistan to Finland, and New York to Sydney. Hull will be the latest city to host a festival right across the city, taking place 10-12 March.
Prospect Pledge Power will form part of the city-wide, action-packed, weekend of events, inviting visitors to the pledge their support to empower women by leaving a message on the Promise Tree.
There will also be a raffle taking place, to raise money for Together Women Hull, a charity that moves women out of volatile situations into positive futures, working with them in safe, women-only spaces, building resilience and developing strengths that enable them to move away from damaging lifestyles.
Jill Gledhill, Centre Manager at Together Women Hull, said: “Together Women Project believe passionately in the importance of women feeling empowered and being able to have control about their futures.
“The Promise Tree is a fantastic idea, we work on a daily basis to encourage women with complex needs to take the steps needed to improve their futures and the charity is extremely grateful for Prospect Centre’s support.”
The event will take place on Saturday 11th March, 11.30am – 3pm, at the West Street entrance, where the Promise Tree will become a permanent feature next to the popular Locked in Love heart to create a City of Culture wall.
Maria Kamper, Centre Manager at Prospect Shopping Centre, said: “I am delighted to unveil the pledge tree in the centre. Since WOW, part of City of Culture events, takes place across the same weekend, it made sense to unveil the Pledge Tree around this time.
“It is important to continue building momentum around Hull’s City of Culture status which is why we are tailoring this event to support the city’s current plans and celebrations to maximise its potential and provide the people of Hull with a unique permanent feature.
“It is an excellent opportunity for people to add something personal to them that they aim to act upon as a positive gesture or goal, so I am confident Saturday’s event will result in a lot of public interest.
“With a very busy events calendar set up for 2017, it is shaping up to be another exciting year for the Centre.”
People of Hull are encouraged to take a picture of their pledge on the Promise Tree and upload it to Prospect’s Facebook page using the hashtag #ProspectPledgePower.